Arrests, Tickets Pile Up During State Police Holiday Enforcement Effort

The Connecticut State Police have made 17 drunken driving arrests, responded to 144 accidents and given out 796 speeding tickets since beginning their holiday enforcement effort at midnight on Thursday.

The patrols and checkpoints around the state will continue until midnight on Sunday, police said.

As of Saturday morning, the 144 accidents have included 30 with injuries and none resulting in fatalities, police said.

State police also issued 151 tickets for failing to wear seatbelts and 2,066 tickets for other hazardous moving violations, such as cellphone use and unsafe lane changes, as of Saturday morning.

During the 2013 Fourth of July holiday period, the state police made 65 drunken driving arrests; responded to 370 accidents that resulted in 55 injuries and no fatalities; issued 2,491 speeding tickets; and issued 5,737 other hazardous moving violations tickets, police said.