Connecticut State Police
Prepare for SCHOOL OPENING & Labor Day Weekend
Increased Traffic Volume Expected
Enforcement Efforts to Continue as School Bells Ring
With Labor Day 2013 travel volume expected to increase over last year, Connecticut State Police are reminding motorists to expect heavy traffic, exercise caution, and allow extra time to reach their destination. It is estimated that the number of people traveling by automobile for the holiday period will increase in New England compared to last year.
Connecticut State Troopers will be concentrating on enforcement of drunken driving, speeding, safety belt, and distracted driving laws during the entire Labor Day Weekend. Troopers will utilize both traditional and nontraditional patrol vehicles on patrol searching for reckless and intoxicated drivers. Troopers will man sobriety checkpoints and targeted patrols to intercept drunk drivers. State Police Colonel Danny R. Stebbins said, Our Troopers will do their part to enhance the safety of all on the roads and highways of Connecticut.
While the summer driving season may be coming to a close, enforcement efforts will continue into the fall as more than half-a-million children return to school across Connecticut. With many children typically walking or riding the bus to school, State Police remind ALL drivers to be especially vigilant watching for pedestrians during before- and after-school hours. The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for walking children over the last decade nationally, nearly one-third of child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 and 7 p.m.
Troopers want all motorists to slow down in school zones. It is also important and the law for all motorists to stop for school busses displaying flashing red lights.
The fine in Connecticut for passing a standing school bus is $465.
The State Police ask that all citizens be our eyes and ears all across the state over the Labor Day holiday. If you see a suspected drunk driver, call 911, as that is a true emergency!!!
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2012 Labor Day Weekend STATS:
59 with injury
59 DUI Arrests
251 Seatbelt tickets
2151 Speeding tickets
3,929 Hazardous Movement Violations
LT. J. Paul Vance