As Summer Winds Down, State Police Step Up Labor Day Patrols

Emily Archacki
August 29, 2018 - 11:30 am

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FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTIC) Connecticut State Police will be stepping up highway patrols as the summer unofficially winds down this Labor Day weekend.

Police will be using both marked and unmarked vehicles beginning Friday and continuing throughout the weekend into the holiday on Monday.

Troopers will be on the lookout for individuals that are speeding, thought to be under the influence, driving aggressively or driving distracted, as well as drivers with seat belt violations.

“These dangerous driving behaviors claim the lives of many motorists, passengers, and pedestrians every year,” said Trooper Josue Dorelus, with the Connecticut State Police Public Information Office.

In various locations throughout the state, troopers will be increasing roving patrols, operating sobriety checkpoints and utilizing the state’s breath alcohol testing mobile unit commonly referred to as the “B.A.T. Mobile.”

“If anyone is going to consume alcohol they should not get behind the wheel,” said Dorelus. “Establish a designated driver prior to your holiday weekend activities beginning.”

With many motorists out on the road, state police would like to remind drivers to expect heavy traffic between Friday and Monday and to exercise caution while driving.

Recommendations include not texting and driving, utilizing hands-free devices when talking on your cell phone, allowing extra time to get to where you need to go and setting a GPS before you leave.

Troopers urge everyone on the road to be vigilant for their safety, and of those they are sharing the road with.

“If you suspect a drunk driver, or any type of hazardous driving behavior, please contact 9-1-1 immediately as that is a true emergency,” said Dorelus.