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State Police Ready For Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement

Connecticut State Police are implementing new plans to enhance public safety during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Connecticut State Police are implementing new plans to enhance public safety during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Photo Credit: Courtesy Connecticut State Police Union

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Connecticut State Police are implementing new plans to enhance public safety in Fairfield County and across the state during the Thanksgiving holiday.

State Police are implementing a plan known as Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) as part of the highway safety plan. As part of the initiative, police will supplement normal routine patrol personnel with additional troopers during the holiday weekend.

"Troopers will patrol all roads and highways across Connecticut and will focus on drunk drivers while targeting aggressive and unsafe drivers," representatives said in a release. "Thanksgiving eve and day are, without a doubt, the busiest traffic days of the year. Motorists need to remember: Don’t follow too close, slow down, stay off your cell phone and if you drink, then don’t drive."

Representatives noted troopers would set up sobriety checkpoints and roving DUI patrols to "target DUI problem areas across the state throughout the entire weekend," according to the release.

"State troopers are committed to reducing crashes through preventive enforcement initiatives such as safety spot checks at sobriety checkpoints," representatives said. "Troopers will also be looking for violators who cause accidents on Connecticut roads and highways. Every effort to reduce accidents is being taken but Connecticut residents are urged to be a part of the public safety solution. Residents should remind all young people, especially college students returning home this semester, of the rules regarding alcohol consumption and drinking and driving."

Uniformed troopers are set to use non-traditional patrol cars to observe traffic and issue tickets to reckless, distracted drivers.

“Your state troopers will work very hard to keep the state’s roads and highways safe," said Col. Danny Stebbins, commander of the Connecticut State Police, in the release. "Help us reduce accidents by driving with extra caution this Thanksgiving holiday. As we do our part through enforcement, please do your part by driving safely. At this busy time of year, we urge all parents to take the time and talk to their young adults about the dangers of underage drinking."

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