With Connecticut reporting a higher than an average number of vehicles on the highway over the recent Christmas holiday, the state also saw a dramatic increase in the number of unsafe drivers as well. According to the Stamford Patch, the Connecticut State Police (CSP) was able to combat the problem through its campaign, known as Operation SANTA.
A CSP spokesman, Lt. J. Paul Vance, stated that during the operation that ran from midnight on December 23 until 10:00 p.m. on December 26, 29 drunk drivers were arrested, while 857 citations were issued for hazardous moving violations, such as distracted driving. Another 17 tickets were written for drivers committing seat belt infractions and another 451 for speeding infractions.
During the campaign, troopers also responded to 364 Connecticut Auto Accidents, three of which were fatal.
Vance said the campaign has been seen as a success and that law enforcement will continue working to make the state’s roads safer by extending the run of the program throughout the New Year. Vance also confirmed the CSP would also be utilizing sobriety checkpoints on New Year’s Eve.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Law Firm recognize the dangers that unsafe driving practices can pose and ask that each citizen do their part to keep the state's roads safe. This can be achieved by never driving while intoxicated, always eliminating distractions behind the wheel, buckling up, and slowing down.