State Police issue 1,600 citations during New Year’s action

State Police issued more than 1,600 citations and made 18 DUI arrests in Connecticut during a three-day, stepped-up enforcement effort around the New Year’s holiday.

The New Year’s enforcement operation involved patrols on roads and highways as well as setting up sobriety checkpoints around the state.

The effort took place on Dec. 30 and 31, and Jan. 1.

During that time period, troopers arrested 18 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They issued 1,040 hazardous moving citations (such as following too close, unsafe lane change, failure to signal, cell phone violations, etc.), 560 speeding citations, and 16 seatbelt citations.

State troopers also investigated 84 motor vehicle accidents, involving 18 injuries and no fatalities.

Keeping the roads safe

The main goal of the New Year’s enforcement action is to remove all unsafe and intoxicated drivers from the roads. Troopers utilized various enforcement tools to locate, test, and arrest motorists under the influence or acting recklessly, including the use of both marked and unmarked patrol cars.

Connecticut State Police are reminding all motorists if you drink, do not drive. Designate a sober, non-drinking driver before partaking in any celebration.

If you see a suspected drunk driver, or a reckless driver that is an emergency, always call 9-1-1 and report it to police.