NEW BRITAIN – Tickets for speeding were up but seat belt violations were down Memorial Day weekend, according to state police.
“Troopers focused on drunken driving violations, aggressive drivers, distracted drivers and speeding,” state police said in a press release. “Sobriety checkpoints and targeted DUI patrols were also in place over the entire weekend.”
Troopers in both traditional cruisers and unmarked cars issued 909 speeding violation tickets from 12 a.m. May 25 to 12 p.m. May 29. Last year during the same timeframe, troopers issued 719 speeding tickets.
State troopers made 38 drunk driving arrests this year compared to 31, last year, and dealt with one fatal accident this year. Last year there were two fatal accidents on state roads during Memorial Day weekend.
This year’s fatal accident occurred on May 26 at 11:37 p.m. on Route 15 northbound near exit 67 in Meriden, state police said. A Chevy Equinox traveling northbound on Route 15 in the left lane was struck head-on by a Honda Civic that left the side of the southbound roadway, struck a curb and became airborne, state police said. The operator of the Honda was extricated from his vehicle and transported to the hospital, reports said.
Two occupants of the Chevy were transported to the hospital by Life Star helicopter, a third occupant was taken to the hospital by ambulance and the fourth occupant was pronounced dead at the scene.
This year, troopers also dealt with 313 accidents, with 62 injuries compared to last year when there were 302 accidents with 48 injuries. Troopers also dealt with 2,708 other moving violations including unsafe lane change, following too closely, cell phone use while driving, and texting while driving compared to last year when troopers dealt with 2,658 similar moving violations.
Anyone who thinks they may have information or who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Trooper First Class John O’Connor at 203-393-4222, ext. 3026.