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Conn. troopers arrest 54 DUI drivers during holiday enforcement

December 27, 2018

Statistics provided by the Connecticut State Police showed a significant increase in driving under the influence arrests during its annual holiday enforcement in 2018 compared with 2017.

Increased patrols by state police began at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21 and will continue through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Troopers are patrolling roads and highways across the state, focusing on drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Troopers also enforced aggressive driving and additional driving violations.

This year’s numbers showed there were 54 motorists arrested for driving under the influence. In 2017, there were 28 DUI arrests from midnight on Dec. 22 through 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 26.

Otherwise, violations given in 2017 compared with 2018 were relatively similar.

Between 12:01 a.m. Dec. 21 and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, troopers handed out 594 speeding violations, 12 seat belt violations and 36 other violations including unsafe lane change, following too closely, cellphone usage, texting and failure to signal.

Troopers investigated 459 motor vehicle collisions, including 53 crashes that left some injured and two fatal crashes.

In total, during that time frame, troopers across the state responded to 7,528 calls for service.

Compared with the statistics provided by state police in 2017, troopers responded to a total of 6,737 calls for service during holiday enforcement, state police said.

From midnight on Dec. 22, 2017, through 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 26, 2017, troopers gave out 465 speeding violations, 13 seat belt violations and 1,104 other violations including unsafe lane change, following too closely, cellphone usage, texting and failure to signal.

There were 521 crashes reported to troopers in 2017, with 302 of them investigated, 58 with injuries and one fatality. There were 409 calls for motorist assists.

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