With the Fourth of July falling on a Thursday this year, Connecticut State Police are anticipating a four-day weekend full of celebrations, fireworks, backyard barbecues and thousands of vehicles traveling on Connecticut’s roadways.
Troopers expect traffic to increase by the evening of Wednesday, July 3, and continue through the evening of Sunday, July 7.
To ensure safe driving, police will be conducting DUI roving patrols and spot checks throughout the holiday weekend. State police will also be patrolling for distracted drivers and those exceeding the speed limit. Some of the roving patrols will take place along Interstates 84 and 91, with one DUI checkpoint being set up on I-84 in Hartford, according to state police.
Police want to remind drivers to buckle up, adhere to the speed limit, put down cell phones, and use a designated driver when consuming alcohol. Police also want to stress the importance of the Move Over Law, which requires drivers to slow down when approaching stationary emergency vehicles, and to move out of the lane next to the parked vehicles.
According to state police, last year troopers issued 995 tickets for speeding, 124 tickets for seatbelt violations, and made 38 arrests for driving under the influence over the July 4th holiday.
Motorists who suspect a drunken driver are encouraged to call 911 on a hands-free device.
Adam Hushin can be reached at 860-801-5046 or firstname.lastname@example.org.