State Police: New Year's Weekend Crashes Up By More Than 200 From Last Year

State police said they responded to 218 more crashes over the 2017-2018 New Year’s weekend than a year earlier.

Troopers investigated 494 crashes on highways and state roads during stepped-up enforcement of traffic laws. Fifty-four of the crashes caused injuries.

Over the 2016-2017 weekend, troopers were at far fewer crashes — 276, state police said. In 34 of them, people were injured.

The enforcement period started at 12:01 a.m. Friday and stopped 11:59 p.m. Monday, New Years Day, state police said. Connecticut experienced exceptionally cold weather and snow over the weekend, and some roads were icy.

Two people died in separate crashes — one on Friday on Route 8 in Trumbull, the second on Saturday on Route 3 in Glastonbury, state police said.

Hartford police are investigating a fatal crash near Trinity College early Monday, but that crash is not included in the state police statistics.

Over the 2016-2017 New Year’s weekend, three people died in two crashes on state roads, police said.

Troopers gave out 611 speeding tickets and charged 28 people with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, compared to 705 speeding tickets and 34 DUI arrests in 2016, they said.

Both years, troopers gave out a small number of tickets for seat belt violations — 20 in 2017-2018 and 15 in 2016-2017, state police said.

In all, troopers caught 1,410 motorists breaking traffic laws in 2017-2018, compared to 1,800 in 2016-2017. And they responded to 6,885 calls for service in 2017 as opposed to 6,987 in 2016.

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