State police report 496 accidents and 2 fatalities over Thanksgiving weekend

ct-state-policeConnecticut State Police were out in force during the Thanksgiving weekend with a sharp focus on safety. From Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 27, state police added additional troopers to patrol the roads and highways with a focus on drunken driving violations and aggressive drivers with DUI checkpoints and roving patrols.

Police received 9,380 calls for service with 421 motorists requiring road-side assistance. There were 496 accidents during the holiday weekend (down from 513 in 2015) with 56 injuries and two fatalities. The fatalities were a result of an accident on I-84 in Southbury.

During this period, police issued 1,007 speeding violations across the state and 450 seatbelt violations. Other hazardous moving violations, including following too closely, unsafe lane changes, cell phone usage, etc., totaled 2,991. During this same period, state police issued 56 arrests for driving under the influence of liquor or drug.