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CT State Police Issue Fewer Tickets Over Holidays, Report One Road Fatality

Connecticut State Police increased patrols for the long holiday weekend.
Connecticut State Police increased patrols for the long holiday weekend. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

Connecticut State Police handed out fewer tickets and responded to fewer crashes over the long Christmas holiday weekend.

One person died on the state's roads and highways this year — a decrease from the four fatalities reported last year, Connecticut State Police said in a statement Wednesday.

The increased patrols began at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, and concluded at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26. The effort aimed to enforce all motor vehicle laws and focus on reducing the number of DUIs, crashes and injury-producing accidents occurring on the interstates, state roads, and local roadways.

Here are the statistics for the enforcement period:

  • Speed violations: 465
  • Seatbelt violations: 13
  • All moving violations: 1,104 (including unsafe lane change, following too closely, cellphone usage, texting, failure to signal, etc.)
  • DUI arrests: 28
  • Accidents: 521, with injuries reported in 58 and one fatality
  • Motorist assists: 409 (flat tires, broken down and disabled vehicles, etc.)
  • Total calls for service: 6737

The fatality occurred Tuesday on Route 6 in Hampton, in the eastern part of the state, Connecticut state police said.

Patrick Dunn, a 32-year-old New London man, was killed when his pickup crashed into a house at 12:40 p.m. The crash is under investigation.

For comparison, here are the state police numbers from last year, covering  12:01 a.m. Dec. 22 through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 26:

  • Speeding: 579
  • Seatbelt violations: 50
  • All moving violations: 1,596
  • DUI arrests: 47
  • Accidents: 528, of which 58 reported injuries, with one serious injury and four fatalities
  • Motorist assists: 436
  • Total calls for service: 8,046

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