State Troopers prepare for Labor Day Weekend traffic

This article was published on: 09/1/20 4:29 PM by Mike Minarsky

Middletown, CT (September 1, 2020): As state residents continue to gather for summer cookouts and pool parties, the Connecticut State Police remind everyone that traffic will be increased due to Labor Day weekend events.

The unofficial last weekend of summer usually translates to beach time and family time. The number of vehicles on the road will increase accordingly since many will be soaking up the last warm days of summer.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 7, 2020, Troopers from each of the agency’s 11 troops will be conducting roving DUI patrols.

In addition, Troopers will be on the waterways patrolling on State Police watercraft, as many residents are expect to take to rivers and lakes this weekend.

“Even with COVID-19 restrictions, we expect traffic to be heavy during the three-day holiday weekend. We ask all drivers to remember that arriving at their destination safely should be their number one priority,” noted Colonel Stavros Mellekas, commanding officer of the Connecticut State Police. “We strongly encourage all drivers to plan for plenty of time to drive, expect traffic delays and proceed with caution. Obeying the rules of the road is everyone’s responsibility.”

Your Connecticut State Troopers remind all motor vehicle operators: If you plan to consume alcohol then please designate a driver so that this long holiday weekend does not turn into a tragedy. Drinking and driving is a deadly combination, so planning ahead is vital.. If you are on the road and see what you suspect is a drunk driver, please call 911, as this is a true emergency. Always obey the Move Over Law, which requires “Any operator of a motor vehicle on a highway when approaching one or more emergency vehicles that are stationary or traveling significantly below the posted speed limit and located on the shoulder, lane or breakdown lane of such highway shall (1) immediately reduce speed to a reasonable level below the posted speed limit, and (2) if traveling in the lane adjacent to the shoulder, lane or breakdown lane containing such emergency vehicle, move such motor vehicle over one lane, unless such movement would be unreasonable or unsafe.” As always, Troopers will consistently work toward preventing accidents on Connecticut’s roads and highways. Obeying the rules of the road is everyone’s responsibility: buckle up, adhere to the speed limit, put down cell phones, and please concentrate on the primary job when behind the wheel – driving. Stats from the Labor Day 2019 weekend: Calls for service: 7,000 Motorist assists: 259 Motor vehicle accidents: 424 With injury: 51 Fatalities: 1 DUI arrests: 46 Speeding tickets: 683 Seatbelt violations: 43 Distracted driving: 37 Hazardous moving violations: 2,208 (to include: unsafe lane change, following too closely, move over, etc).

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