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Thanksgiving 2022 Traffic Enforcement, what CT motorists need to know

CONNECTICUT — The Connecticut state police said Tuesday that no DUI checkpoints are planned for the time being in accordance with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

But that doesn’t mean people can say “bottom up” and “let’s go.”

The police will see you and law enforcement officials said they will stop you.

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On Monday, state police unveiled their preliminary plans for enforcement during the busy travel weekend – with safety being the top priority.

Police said officers would use “traditional and non-traditional patrol cars” to monitor traffic and issue tickets for “reckless and distracted drivers.”

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It means you may not know that the vehicle near you is a police officer.

“As family and friends gather for Thanksgiving this week, CT State Troopers are reminding residents that many more vehicles will be on state roads for the next seven days,” the department wrote Monday.

“State Police are stepping up plans to keep the freeways safe for everyone during this holiday rush.”
The major traffic enforcement initiative begins at 00:00 on Wednesday 23 November and will last until 23:59 on Sunday evening 27 November.

In addition to regular state police patrols, the Connecticut state police said they will deploy additional soldiers to help maintain law and order on the streets.

“Soldiers will patrol roads and freeways throughout Connecticut, focusing on aggressive drivers, unsafe drivers and drunk drivers,” police wrote. “These violations are the cause of countless automobile accidents in Connectiut, and Soldiers are committed to proactive enforcement to prevent accidents.”

Police also shared some general travel tips to make vacation trips less stressful and hopefully safer.

They include:

• Check with your airline to make sure flights are on time, e.g. B. Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks.

• Terminal pickup and drop-off can be hectic and police are warning travelers not to wait there as this can lead to traffic jams and unsafe situations. Do not leave vehicles unattended.

Bradley has a free “cell phone lot” where travelers picking up or dropping off travelers can safely wait and monitor the times on their phones.

For directions to this lot, click on this link.

• Drivers should always obey the basic rules of the road: don’t tailgate; buckle up; drive the speed limit; and stay away from your cell phone while driving.

• Police said that anyone who intends to consume alcohol should never drive. Designate a driver for “everyone’s safety”.

“We ask all drivers to remember and follow traffic rules. Please be our extra pair of eyes on the highways and call 911 if you notice an emergency,” said Colonel Stavros Mellekas, commanding officer of the state police.

“On this very busy long bank holiday weekend, please take the time to arrive safely at your destination. Check traffic and weather reports before leaving home and be patient as the roads will be filled with other drivers.”

And, police said, if you think someone is driving while intoxicated, call 911 as “this is a real emergency.”

On Tuesday, the Connecticut Department of Transportation, in cooperation with state and local police departments, announced the resumption of the annual statewide “Click It or Ticket” campaign calling for the use of seat belts.

The DOT said the national seat belt campaign, aimed at enforcing seat belt use, will begin Wednesday, November 23 and run through Wednesday, November 30.

“Whether someone is driving down the street or across the state to a Thanksgiving Day football game or a turkey meal, it’s important for drivers and passengers to buckle up,” said Joseph Giulietti, transportation officer for the Connecticut Department of Transportation. “Belting up is not only safe, but also required by law.”

According to the DOT, preliminary data for 2021 shows that 144 Connecticut residents lost their lives because they were not wearing a seat belt.

State officials said the current seatbelt compliance rate is 92.1 percent, up from 91.5 percent in 2021.

Since family celebrations are moving further and further out of the shadow of the Covid 19 pandemic, the state police are hoping for a decrease in accidents from the past few years.

In 2019, before the pandemic, state police investigated 593 accidents with two fatalities over the holiday weekend.

Then, in 2020 – the peak of the pandemic and before vaccinations – only 385 accidents were investigated as most people partied from home and virtually with family, but seven people died.

A year later, in 2021, the death toll dwindled to one but the number of crashes rose again to 543, according to statistics released by police this week.

For more information on using seat belts, see this link.

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