despp: State Police Prepare for Labor Day Traffic Enforcement

{Connecticut State Police Patch}  
Department of Emergency Services &
Public Protection
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
Dr. Dora B. Schriro
Colonel Brian F. Meraviglia
Deputy Commissioner
Division of State Police
August 28, 2014



Increased Traffic Volume Expected

Enforcement Efforts to Continue as School Bells Ring

   Labor Day travel volume is typically heavy and the 2014 Labor Day weekend will be no exception.  Connecticut State Police remind 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 Brian F. Meraviglia said, “As always, our Troopers will enhance safety of all roads and highways of Connecticut. We will be on alert for violators while we make every effort to protect all motorists and their passengers.”


   Enforcement efforts by the State Police 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 ask all motorists to slow down in school zones. It is also important – and it’s 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!!!


   For DUI SPOT CHECKS and targeted enforcement, click HERE

2013 Labor Day Weekend STATS:

1,513 speeding violations

237 seat belt violations

3,513 other violations (hazardous moving, cell phone usage, etc.)

50 arrests for driving under the influence


Motor vehicle accidents that occurred:

259 total accidents
44 with injury
3 fatalities 




LT. J. Paul Vance

Content Last Modified on 8/28/2014 12:05:15 PM