State police taking part in DWI crackdown

Michele Moreno
September 4, 2017

Connecticut State Police have made 11 DUI arrests and issued almost 800 moving violations as part of Labor Day weekend traffic enforcement efforts.

Over the full holiday weekend previous year, troopers investigated 283 crashes, 43 with injuries.

Labor Day weekend traditionally results in heavy traffic volumes throughout the state, which can lead to increased accidents, serious injuries and fatalities. State police remind everyone to buckle up, put down their phones when behind the wheel, and to pay attention to what other drivers are doing. It's once again time for Operation CARE, or Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts. The enforcement period is underway and runs through Monday, September 4, 2017.

Penalties for driving under the influence include mandatory ignition interlock installation on vehicle, fines up to $2,500, license suspension up to one year, and jail sentences also up to one year, the governor's office said.

Governor Anthony Cuomo has announced police around the state will be cracking down on DWI through the weekend.

They will staff sobriety checkpoints, increase roving patrols and use the State Police Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit, according to a news release.

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. "Drivers continue to break the law by driving impaired, putting thousands of travelers at risk every day".

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