Speeding, Hazardous Moving Violations Spike Over Holiday

Police say they saw higher than expected traffic volume during the Christmas holiday enforcement campaign called "Operation SANTA."

With higher than normal traffic volume and Connecticut State Police enforcing motor vehicle laws in full force during the Christmas holiday, hundreds of violations were issued over the past few days.

Of the 364 accidents reported between midnight on Dec. 23 and  10 p.m. on Dec. 26 — for a campaign state police called Operation SANTA — three crashes were fatal. A total of four people were killed in those crashes, police said.

Other stats include:

  • 29 DUI arrests
  • 451 speeding tickets
  • 17 seatbelt violations
  • 857 hazardous moving violations (follow too close, distracted driving, etc.)

"Troopers observed a higher than normal traffic volume over the Christmas holiday," Lt. J. Paul Vance said.

"This state police enforcement effort will continue as we approach the New Year's Eve celebration. Troopers will conduct enforcement patrols throughout the state on both highways and secondary roads," he said. "In addition, sobriety checkpoints will also be set up in an effort to deter anyone from the consumption of alcohol and driving as we approach and celebrate the New Year's holiday."

. December 27, 2012 at 07:38 PM
At least half of those tickets issued will be fought, dropped, and will be lost money for the state from legal fees. Cops need to think like lawyers. Don't get into a fight that you will lose. You met your department quota, but the state has to pay to enforce it.
Thomas Alegi December 28, 2012 at 12:09 AM
What's the quota for saving lives?
. December 28, 2012 at 02:55 PM
A ticket for going 65 mph in a 55 mph parkway just to keep up with the speed of traffic is not saving any lives. I never said nor included DUI check points and reckless driving in my argument. Distracted driving can include anything from eating ice cream to smoking a cigarette. Don't really want to get into that, though.


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