With heavy traffic is expected this Labor Day weekend, the Connecticut State Police remind motorists to exercise caution and allow extra time to reach their destinations. It is estimated that the number of people traveling by automobile for the holiday period will increase in Connecticut and all of New England compared to last year.
Connecticut State Troopers will be concentrating on enforcement of drunken driving, speeding, safety belt and distracted driving laws during the entire Labor Day weekend.
Troopers will use both traditional and nontraditional patrol vehicles while watching for reckless and intoxicated drivers. Troopers will man sobriety checkpoints and targeted patrols to intercept drunk drivers.
Enforcement efforts by the State Police will continue into the fall, as more than half-a-million children
return to school across Connecticut. With many children typically walking or riding the bus to school, State Police remind all drivers to be especially vigilant watching for pedestrians during before- and after-school hours.
The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for walking children — over the last decade nationally, nearly one-third of child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 and 7 p.m.
Troopers ask all motorists to slow down in school zones. It is also important – and it’s the law – for all motorists to stop for school busses displaying flashing red lights.
The fine in Connecticut for passing a standing school bus is $465.