despp: State Police Plan Memorial Day Enforcement, Roving Patrols

{Connecticut State Police Patch}  
Department of Emergency Services &
Public Protection
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
Reuben Bradford
Colonel Danny R. Stebbins
Deputy Commissioner
Division of State Police
May 22, 2013

      As the unofficial start of summer is celebrated during Memorial Day Weekend, all motorists should consider the safety of others using Connecticut roadways not only this weekend, but throughout the summer months. Using courteous driving skills, planning for traffic delays and safe travel to and from our destinations are part of a safe Memorial Day Weekend.

       The Connecticut State Police are reminding all motorists to please be observant and obey all rules of safety on our roads: BUCKLE UP, OBEY SPEED LIMITS, DON’T FOLLOW TOO CLOSE, HAVE NO DISTRACTIONS WHILE DRIVING, STAY OFF THE CELLPHONE, and NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE.

       During Memorial Day Weekend 2013, motorists should be aware that State Police Troopers will use all methods of enforcement to increase highway safety. State Troopers will utilize laser units for speed enforcement and marked & unmarked, non-traditional police vehicles to patrol our highways and roadways. The State Police Aviation Unit will provide an eye from the sky as they also patrol travel roads across the state.

     “In the past we have seen several tragedies involving youth and motor vehicles.  These accidents remind us to pause and reflect on how important good driving skills and the actions of drivers can be,” said Colonel Danny R. Stebbins, Commander of the State  Police. “We are anticipating that enforcement efforts by Connecticut State Troopers will help to increase safety and provide us with a safer Memorial Day weekend.”

      The Connecticut State Police ask motorists to join the State Police Team by exercising driving courtesy on the roads, thereby setting an example for the nation.  If you see a suspected drunk driver, stay a safe distance away and call 911, as this is a true emergency. Together the State Police and the citizens of Connecticut can keep the state’s roadways safe.

     As we begin this Memorial Day Holiday, the State Police enforcement operation is designed to remind all motorists to plan ahead: if you drink, don’t drive.

       The Connecticut State Police will participate in the National C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) program over this Memorial Day Weekend. The goal of this operation is to join State Police Agencies across the country to enhance safety in all states. Motorists are reminded to expect heavy traffic, exercise caution and allow extra time to reach their destination.

       The Operation C.A.R.E. holiday weekend will begin on Friday, May 24, 2013, and will continue until midnight Monday, May 27, 2013. Connecticut State Troopers are joining all New England State Police Departments concentrating on enforcement of DUI and safety belt laws during the entire holiday weekend.

       During Memorial Day Weekend in 2012, Connecticut State Police investigated  279 motor vehicle accidents and 1 fatal crash. Troopers arrested 77 drunk drivers, charged 1,797 motorists with speeding, and 816 with seatbelt violations.

       Connecticut State Troopers will be on patrol over the entire holiday weekend.  The “Click It Or Ticket” Campaign, our first campaign of this summer season, is ongoing and will  continue into the summer months. The goal of the State Police enforcement effort is to rid the roads of aggressive and impaired drivers.

      For Memorial Day Weekend 2013, Troopers will concentrate enforcement on all hazardous moving violations, seatbelt use and illegal cell phone use!! Sobriety checkpoints will be set up at several locations throughout the state over the holiday weekend.

         Remember, obey all traffic laws and pay attention to your speed, don’t drink and drive.  If you see a suspected drunk driver report it immediately by calling 911. The click word for all motorists and their passengers for the weekend should be, “BUCKLE UP, AND STAY OFF THE CELL PHONE: IT’S THE LAW.”

2013 Memorial Day DWI Patrols and Spot Checks





Lt. J. Paul Vance


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