Special to the Press
MIDDLETOWN - In less than 48 hours, Connecticut state troopers issued more than 1,200 citations and responded to over 100 accidents on the state’s roadways over the July 4 holiday.
The majority of violations came as a result of unsafe lane changing, tailgating or cell phone use such as calling or texting, a state police spokesperson said.
Also, 12 motorists were arrested on DUI charges.
All citations and arrests were made between 12:01 a.m. on July 3 and 4 p.m. on July 4.
Though the numbers may sound high, compared to 2017 this year’s statistics are significantly lower, the state police said.
During Independence Day of 2017, state police issued well over 4,000 citations and responded to nearly 400 accidents, one of them fatal.
And although the barbecues and fireworks may have come to an end, police will continue their stepped-up patrols of patrol roads and highways until Sunday night.
Police said they will maintain focus on aggressive, reckless, distracted and intoxicated drivers as well as speeders and seat belt violators.
Though no fatalities occurred on the holiday, Troop H-Hartford responded to a fatal motor vehicle accident and a pedestrian crash on I-91 southbound.
After a Honda Accord veered off the side of the highway, striking the guardrail, a 24-year-old New Britain man attempted to run across the highway to assist the driver of the crash.
The pedestrian was struck and killed by a Nissan Altima which then crashed into the Honda.
Connecticut State Police are using this incident as a reminder that highway driving can be deadly and urge motorists to not try to cross busy highways or stand near or in the lanes of travel where they could be struck by oncoming vehicles.