CT state police to step up patrols during holiday weekends

Troopers with Connecticut State Police will be on the lookout for any drivers who are distracted or under the influence over the next two weekends with the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Troopers with Connecticut State Police will be on the lookout for any drivers who are distracted or under the influence over the next two weekends with the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media

Connecticut State Police troopers will be out in full force for the remainder of the year with the upcoming holiday weekends to ensure safety for all travelers.

Troopers will focus on distracted driving and any drivers who might be under the influence, state police said. Any drivers who see an emergency on the roads, including a suspected intoxicated driver, is urged to call 911.

Ahead of the holiday weekends, troopers ask all drivers to plan ahead before headed to a party, gathering or retail destination for some last-minute shopping, state police said.

“We know that during a Connecticut winter, weather conditions can change at any time. We ask all drivers to please note any weather precautions prior to leaving for your destination. As always, your top priority should be the safety of yourself, your family and others on the road,” Col. Stavros Mellekas, commanding officer of the state police, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Thousands are expected to hit the roads across Connecticut, so authorities urged drivers to follow traffic laws and designate a sober driver or plan for a ride share if consuming alcohol. Those using Uber can use the promo code “CTRIDESAFE” on Fridays and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. through Jan. 1, 2022.

State police will have roving DUI patrols and checkpoints throughout the state and through the New Year. Troop K will set up a checkpoint on Route 16 between Cahbin Road and Kmick Lane in Colchester. Troop A will have a checkpoint at the Southbury-Oxford town line.

Troopers typically respond to thousands of calls for service during holiday enforcement periods, stressing the importance of the Move Over Law to keep first responders and tow truck drivers safe. The law requires drivers to reduce speed and move over one lane or more as long as it is safe to do so whenever there are first responders or a tow truck occupying a lane or shoulder.