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DUI Checkpoints, Thanksgiving Travel Tips and Fire Safety Tips

The Connecticut State Police noted its DUI checkpoints, tips for traveling on Thanksgiving and the holiday weekend and fire safety.

 

As Connecticut residents prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, the Connecticut State Police are preparing to implement plans for enhancement of enforcement and visibility on highways and roads in Connecticut.

In 2010, Thanksgiving holiday police statistics were as follows: 2,255 speeding incidents, 151 seatbelt violations, 80 DWIs, 3,411 hazardous moving violations, 391 accidents, 57 of those with injuries and one fatal accident.

Operation C.A.R.E. -- Combined Accident Reduction Effort -- is an intricate part of the highway safety plan, according to a press release from the Connecticut State Police.

"Your Connecticut State Police will work very hard to keep our Connecticut roads and highways safe," said Commissioner Reuben Bradford. "Help us reduce accidents, drive with extra caution this Thanksgiving holiday. As we do our part through enforcement, please do your part by driving safely."

The Connecticut State Police will supplement normal routine patrol personnel with additional troopers over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Troopers will patrol all roads and highways across Connecticut and focus on drunk driving and target aggressive speeding drivers and unsafe operation. 
Thanksgiving eve and day are two of the busiest traffic days of the year.

Troopers will staff sobriety checkpoints and conduct targeted roving DUI patrols. The Connecticut State Police are committed to reducing crashes and making our roads safe for everyone.

Troopers will be looking for the violators that cause accidents on Connecticut roads and highways. Every effort to reduce accidents is being taken but state police urge Connecticut residents to be a part of the public safety solution.

Uniformed troopers will use non-traditional patrol cars to observe traffic and issue tickets to reckless and/or distracted drivers.

DUI Checkpoints: November 24

  • Roving patrols on Routes 63 and 4 in towns of Goshen and Torrington
  • Roving patrols on Routes 4, 6, 7, 8, 45, 61, 69, 109, 118, 209, 254, and 341, in towns of Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield, Watertown, Woodbury, Bethlehem, Washington, Morris, Warren and Kent
  • Roving patrols on Interstate 95 between New Haven and Stamford and Routes 8 and 25 between Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton
  • Roving patrols between Danbury and Waterbury in troop patrol area

DUI Checkpoints: November 25

  • Roving patrols on Routes 44 and 7 in North Canaan and Salisbury
  • Roving patrols on Routes 4, 6, 7, 8, 45, 61, 69, 109, 118, 209, 254, and 341, in towns of Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield, Watertown, Woodbury, Bethlehem, Washington, Morris, Warren and Kent
  • Roving patrols on I-95 between New Haven and Stamford and Routes 8 and 25 between Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton
  • Roving patrols between Danbury and Waterbury in troop patrol area

DUI Checkpoints: November 26

  • Roving patrols on Route 8 and 44 in towns of Torrington and Winsted
  • Roving patrols on Routes 4, 6, 7, 8, 45, 61, 69, 109, 118, 209, 254, and 341, in towns of Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield, Watertown, Woodbury, Bethlehem, Washington, Morris, Warren and Kent
  • DUI Sobriety Checkpoint in Westport at intersection of the Sherwood Island Connector and Interstate 95 North and South exit 18 in Westport
  • Roving patrols between Danbury and Waterbury in troop patrol area

DUI Checkpoints: November 27

  • Roving patrols on Route 44 in town of New Hartford and Route 8 in Winsted
  • Roving patrols on Routes 4, 6, 7, 8, 45, 61, 69, 109, 118, 209, 254, and 341, in towns of Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield, Watertown, Woodbury, Bethlehem, Washington, Morris, Warren and Kent
  • Roving patrols on Interstate 95 between New Haven and Stamford and Routes 8 and 25 between Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton
  • Roving patrols between Danbury and Waterbury in troop patrol area

Travel Tips

  • Do not follow other cars too closely.
  • Slow down.
  • Stay off one's cell phone.
  • Buckle up while driving.
  • Report any suspected drunk drivers to police.
  • Do not drive if you have consumed alcohol.
  • Remind young people, especially college students coming home for the weekend, of the laws regarding alcohol consumption by underage people and drinking and driving dangers.

"At this busy time of year we urge parents to take the time and talk to their kids about the dangers of underage drinking," said Colonel Danny Stebbins, commander of the Connecticut State Police.

Fire Safety

Cooking fires nearly double during the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the state police detectives assigned to the state fire marshal's office.

  • Keep family and overnight guests safe with working smoke detectors in the home.
  • Test smoke detectors monthly and replace batteries at least twice a year.
  • Remind guests of the fire escape plan and designated meeting place.
  • Place a fire extinguisher within 10 feet from the stove, on the exit side of the room.
  • When cooking, do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry. The clothing can catch on fire and the jewelry can catch on pot handles, causing spills and burns.
  • Try to cook on the back burners when possible and turn pot handles in so they don’t extend over the edge of the stove.
  • Never leave cooking unattended. Turn off the stove when leaving the kitchen or have someone else watch what is being cooked.
  • Keep small children out of the kitchen during cooking.
  • Keep Thanksgiving decorations and kitchen clutter away from sources of direct heat.
  • Never leave candles burning when away from the house or after going to bed.
  • Place candles where children will not be tempted to play with them and where guests will not  accidentally brush against them.
  • The candle holder and any surrounding decorations should be completely noncombustible.

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