While police in Willimantic and Coventry reported a relatively quiet holiday weekend, fires, drunk drivers and hazardous holiday happenings kept Connecticut State Police very busy and they expect this to continue as we greet the arrival of 2012 Saturday night.
State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said Operation SANTA, the nationwide roadway safety effort that began before Christmas – and this year is focused on distracted driving, as well as other violations – will remain in effect through Sunday, Jan. 1.
Highway safety experts say distracted driving, especially talking or sending text messages on cellular phones while driving, is one of the main causes of accidents.
Over this holiday weekend, CT State Police cited 815 drivers for moving violations including talking/texting while driving.
“We had what we would call a hectic weekend,” said Lt. Vance. “We had a lot of accidents.”
State police respond not only to crimes and motor vehicle violations but also to fires – such as the horrific Christmas Day blaze in Stamford that claimed the lives of five people, including three children and their grandparents.
A single-vehicle accident on Route 6 in Bolton at about 6:30 a.m. on Monday, in the area of Johnson Road, claimed the life of the driver.
Police say Thomas R. Farr, 54, of Berlin, was driving east on Route 6 when he lost control of his truck while negotiating a curve in the road.
Police say the 2004 Ford F350 truck crossed two lanes and struck an embankment, then rolled onto the driver’s side of the vehicle; Farr was partially ejected and trapped under the truck. Police say the airbag did not deploy.
The accident remains under investigation.
Statewide, there were two fatal accidents, 36 accidents with injuries, 502 speeding arrests, 43 arrests for not wearing seat belts and 36 arrests for driving under the influence… in addition to the aforementioned 815 hazardous moving violations.
These statistics cover the time between midnight Friday, Dec. 23, and midnight on Monday, Dec. 26.
New Year’s Day
Extra police patrols will remain on the state’s roadways through the New Year’s weekend.
And state police remind citizens that state troopers are only part of a “team effort” to keep the highways and roadways safe.
“We need the help of all our citizens to keep our highways safe and reduce the total number of motor vehicle accidents in the state,” Lt. Vance states. For example, if you witness someone driving erratically, potentially a driver under the influence, it is legal to call 911 and report it (take note of the license plate and the color and make of the vehicle.)
To view a list of police checkpoints planned for this weekend – organized by region (i.e Troop C, Troop K) and date, in PDF format, click here www.ct.gov/dps/site
Posted Dec. 27, 2011
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