State trooper prepare for holiday highway enforcement

In preparation for the Christmas holiday week, Connecticut state troopers remind motorists that combining careful planning with sensible driving will lead to safer road trips for those making a trek during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.

Tens of thousands of travelers are expected to drive on Connecticut highways during the upcoming holidays. State police ask motorists to follow all motor vehicle laws, as their behavior on the roads is essential to keeping potential hazards at a distance.

“We ask that all motorists pay attention to weather forecasts before they head for their destinations and always use caution while traveling on Connecticut roads,” said State Police Colonel George F. Battle. “If you get behind the wheel, please make the safety of those on the road your top priority.”

Simply putting traffic laws into practice will prevent accidents and save lives:

  • Drive the speed limit.

  • Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

  • Ensure that all passengers are wearing seatbelts.

  • Signal when turning, changing lanes or taking an exit.

  • Refrain from texting or using your phone.

  • Never consume alcoholic beverages or drugs, including those legally prescribed, before you get behind the wheel.

  • Immediately reduce speed to a reasonable level below the posted speed limit or move over one lane (whenever safe to do so) whenever law enforcement, fire trucks, ambulances or tow trucks are occupying a lane. Please give them room to do their job efficiently and safely.

Drivers are also reminded to plan their trips with care:

  • Fill the gas tank prior to your journey.

  • Check windshield wipers, windshield wiper fluid and tire pressure.

  • Fully charge your cell phone.

  • Carry winter blankets, drinking water and snacks.

  • Check traffic and weather conditions before leaving home.

  • Keep a shovel and sand or salt in the trunk of your vehicle.

“Our troopers will be patrolling state highways with a keen focus on those driving with distractions and those operating under the influence,” said Battle. “Every driver has the opportunity to be our partner by obeying state laws on the road.”

State police will operate roving patrols and conduct DUI checkpoints starting Dec. 21 and

continuing through Jan. 2. Troop I, in which Shelton is a part, will hold a checkpoint, beginning Dec. 20, and running from 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Route 8 in the areas of Shelton, Ansonia and Derby.