CT State Troopers prepare for holiday enforcement

Connecticut State Troopers remind motorists that combining careful planning with sensible driving will lead to safer holiday travel for all making a trek during the busiest travel week of the year.

Many travelers are expected to hit Connecticut highways during the upcoming holidays.  State Police ask motorists to follow all driving laws, as their behavior on the roads is essential to keeping potential hazards at a distance.

Simply putting traffic laws into practice will prevent accidents and save lives:

Drivers are also reminded to plan their trips with care:

Your cooperation is critical to ensuring the wellbeing of all who are driving our highways and roads throughout the holiday weekend. Whenever you get behind the wheel, safety must be your top priority.

Please be our partner in keeping the roadways safe for all motorists.

State Police will operate roving patrols and conduct DUI checkpoints starting Dec. 22, and continuing through the Christmas and New Year’s holiday.

Christmas 2015 stats:

Accidents: 461

With injury: 56

Fatality: 5 — Dec. 24, I-95, exit 68, Old Saybrook, Dec. 25, Litchfield Turnpike, Bethany, Dec. 25, Rte. 6, Bolton, Dec. 26, I-84, exit 58, East Hartford, Dec. 27, I-91, exit 46, Enfield.

DUI arrests: 40

Speeding: 621

Seatbelt: 36

Hazardous moving violations: 1,563 (to include following too close, distracted driving, cell phones, etc.)