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CSP: State Troopers Prepare for 2022 Thanksgiving Holiday Travel & Road Safety

By Connecticut State Police.

(November 21, 2022)—As family and friends gather this week for the
Thanksgiving holiday, Connecticut State Troopers remind residents that there will be many more vehicles on state roads in the next seven days. State Police are ramping up plans to keep highways safe for everyone during this holiday rush.

Beginning on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at 12:00 a.m. and running through Sunday,
Nov. 27, 2022, at 11:59 p.m., Connecticut State Police will supplement their normal routine patrol personnel with additional Troopers throughout the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Troopers will patrol roads and highways across Connecticut, focusing on aggressive drivers, unsafe drivers and drunk drivers. These violations are causes of countless motor vehicle crashes in Connecticut, and Troopers are committed to preventive enforcement in order to avoid wrecks.

As relatives and friends fly in and out of Bradley International Airport, know that Troopers there will help to ensure safety as passengers dash in and out of the terminal. It is always recommended that you check with the airlines to see if flights are on time to avoid waiting around the terminal. The active pick-up and drop-off of passengers is permitted at curbside in front of the terminals. Please remember that no waiting is allowed, and leaving a vehicle unattended is prohibited and may result in a fine.

Drivers may park in the free Cell Phone Parking Lot while waiting for passengers to arrive; the lot is located on Light Lane, minutes from the terminal: https://bradleyairport.com/directions-parking/cellphone-lot/

On the highways, State Troopers ask Connecticut residents to be a part of the public safety
solution by obeying traffic laws: don’t follow too closely to cars around yours, buckle up, drive the speed limit, and stay off your cell phone while driving. If you plan to consume alcohol, please do not drive; designate a driver for everyone’s safety.

“We ask that all drivers remember and follow traffic laws. Please be our extra set of eyes on the highways and call 911 if you spot an emergency,” noted Colonel Stavros Mellekas, commanding officer of the State Police. “During this very busy long holiday weekend, please take the time to arrive at your destination safely. Check traffic and weather reports before you leave home and be patient as the roads will be filled with other drivers.”

Patrol Troopers will use traditional and non-traditional patrol cars to observe traffic and issue tickets to reckless and distracted drivers. A reminder to all drivers: anyone who is consuming alcohol should never get behind the wheel.

If you see a suspected drunk driver or a suspected reckless driver, please call 911, as this is a true emergency.

Following are the 2021 Thanksgiving traffic stats:
Calls for Service: 7,500
Speeding Violations: 501
Seat Belt Violations: 118
Other Hazardous Violations: 559
(to include unsafe lane change, following too closely, cell phone usage, etc.)
DUI Arrests: 50
Accidents Investigated: 543
With Reported Injuries: 46
Serious Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 1

Following are the 2020 Thanksgiving stats (when many residents stayed home due to Covid-19):
Calls for Service: 7,181
Speeding violations: 211
Seat Belt violations: 106
OTHER HAZARDOUS violations: 775
(to include unsafe lane change, following too closely, cell phone usage, texting, failure to signal, etc.)
DUI arrests: 29
ACCIDENTS investigated: 376
w/injury: 52
fatalities: 7

Following are the 2019 Thanksgiving stats:
Calls for Service: 7,205
SPEEDING violations: 385
SEATBELT violations: 20
OTHER HAZARDOUS violations: 1,257
(to include unsafe lane change, following too closely, cell phone usage, texting, failure to signal, etc.)
DUI arrests: 52
ACCIDENTS investigated: 593
w/ injury: 61
fatalities: 2

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