Speeding, Hazardous Moving Violations Spike Over Holiday

Police say they saw higher than expected traffic volume during the Christmas holiday enforcement campaign called "Operation SANTA."

With higher than normal traffic counts this holiday, and Connecticut State Police enforcing motor vehicle laws in full force, troopers issued hundreds of violations over the past few days.

Of the 364 accidents reported between midnight on Dec. 23 and 10 p.m. on Dec. 26 — for a campaign state police called Operation SANTA — three crashes were fatal. A total of four people were killed in those crashes, police said.

Other stats include:

  • 29 DUI arrests
  • 451 speeding tickets
  • 17 seatbelt violations
  • 857 hazardous moving violations (follow too close, distracted drivin, etc.)

"Troopers observed a higher than normal traffic volume over the Christmas holiday," Lt. J. Paul Vance said.

"This state police enforcement effort will continue as we approach the New Year's Eve celebration. Troopers will conduct enforcement patrols throughout the state on both highways and secondary roads," he said.

"In addition, sobriety checkpoints will also be set up in an effort to deter anyone from the consumption of alcohol and driving as we approach and celebrate the New Year's holiday."

Die Hard December 27, 2012 at 07:59 PM
So? If there are more people traveling, why do the numbers seem so low? I drove a few hundred miles throughout the state and didnt see one state trooper
Daniella Ruiz January 01, 2013 at 09:14 PM
4:10 pm on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 lot's more SP and locals are using inconspicuously outfitted and unmarked vehicles. don't worry diehard, they can see you! and, there's all those drivers with cell phones calling in with 'roving reports' as they cruise the roads with no real destination beside the fuel station.
Die Hard January 01, 2013 at 09:51 PM
I know the types of unmarked vehicles they use..the license plate numbers give them away. There were no undercover vehicles seen


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