Special To The Herald
MIDDLETOWN - State troopers issued more than 1,200 citations and responded to over 100 accidents on the state’s roads over the Independence Day holiday.
Most of the tickets were for unsafe lane changes, tailgating and cellphone use while driving, a state police representative said. Twelve motorists were arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
All the citations and arrests came between 12:01 a.m. July 3 and 4 p.m. July 4.
Though these numbers may sound high, compared to 2017, this year’s statistics were lower, state police said.
In 2017, state police issued well over 4,000 citations and responded to nearly 400 accidents, one of them fatal, on July 3 and 4.
Although the holiday celebrations have largely come to an end, police will continue to patrol roads and highways through Sunday night.
Police said they will focus on aggressive, reckless, distracted and intoxicated drivers as well as speeders and seat-belt violators.
Troop H in Hartford responded to a fatal accident involving a car and a pedestrian on Interstate 91 in Hartford late Wednesday night.
Having seen a Honda Accord veer off the highway and hit the guardraill, a 24-year-old New Britain man apparently tried to run across the highway to help the driver when he was struck by a another car, which then crashed into the Honda.
State police are using this incident as a reminder that highway driving can be deadly. They urge motorists to not try to cross busy highways or stand near or in lanes of travel.
where the could be struck by oncoming vehicles.