Police cite hundreds of drivers in CT during holiday weekend

Troopers will join their counterparts from across the country in the global traffic safety initiative, Operation C.A.R.E., which stands for Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts.

In addition to the DWI checkpoints and patrols, Troopers will also be watching for distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers that are violating the Move Over Law.

"As part of Operation C.A.R.E. and the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, we are taking a zero tolerance approach to those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs".

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State Police also investigated 707 total traffic crashes, stopped 8,676 speeders and 2,772 reckless drivers, and cited 739 safety belt violations and 210 child safety seat violations during the 2016 holiday weekend. "We want you to have an enjoyable holiday weekend that includes getting to your destination safely".

Motorists in the area are being advised to make arrangements for a safe ride home if they become too inebriated to drive home safely.

The enforcement period started last month and runs through Monday. The rate of these crashes climbed more than 50 percent over the three-day Labor Day weekend past year.

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Labor Day weekend enforcement continues through Tuesday night. It should be expected that traffic flow in northern MI will be impacted to some degree.

Trooper First Class Kenneth Hall was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 91 northbound in Enfield around 4 p.m. conducting a traffic stop, state police said.

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