State police have responded to nearly 3,000 calls for service and made 20 DUI arrests in the first two days of the long holiday weekend.
Numbers released Friday indicated troopers on Wednesday and Thursday investigated a total of 200 motor vehicle accidents. Of these, 22 involved injuries, none of which were reported to be serious, with one exception. One fatality as the result of a car crash was reported Thursday, state police said.
During 2,980 calls for service and traffic enforcement over the two-day period, state police found 117 instances of speeding violations, zero seatbelt violations and 248 “other hazardous violations,” which include unsafe lane changes, instances of following too closely, cell phone usage and others.
Extra traffic enforcement from state troopers will continue through Sunday.
Some municipal police departments, like Bristol, Berlin and Southington, say they will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign over the next several days.
Police say the fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $92. For those under the age of 18, it jumps to $120. Connecticut’s new seatbelt law, which took effect in October, requires all passengers to wear a seatbelt, regardless of where they are in the vehicle. Previously, backseat passengers over the age of 16 were not required to wear a seatbelt.
Other police departments, like Plainville, say they are focusing on drunken drivers. Plainville officers have had roving DUI patrols in the evening hours since Wednesday, which will continue through Saturday.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.