Police cite hundreds of drivers in CT during holiday weekend

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AAA predicted more than 35 million drivers across the country to travel this Labor Day weekend, so Connecticut State Police took the chance to remind drivers to put down the cell phones and get a designated driver. Unfortunately, this increased flow of traffic brings with it increased accidents, serious injuries and fatalities.

There were 51 DUI arrests and 283 crashes a year ago during the Labor Day holiday weekend, state police said.

The enforcement effort began just after midnight on September 1 and continues through 11:59 p.m. on September 5.

The State Police goal is to maximize DWI enforcement efforts to ensure motorists are not needlessly injured or killed by an intoxicated or drug impaired drivers during this time.

"I encourage both New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy all that our great state has to offer this Labor Day weekend, and to do so safely and responsibly", Governor Cuomo said. Year-round our members work to reduce drunk driving crashes and promote traffic safety.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving killed more than 10,000 people in 2015. In conjunction with Operation C.A.R.E., troopers across the state, along with about 150 other law enforcement agencies in MI, will be participating in the national safety campaign "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over".

Troopers set up sobriety checkpoints as well as DUI patrols around CT. Unmarked patrol vehicles will also be on patrol. "Drivers continue to break the law by driving impaired, putting thousands of travelers at risk every day".

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