MIDDLETOWN — Connecticut State Police say they investigated more crashes and handed out more tickets during the five-day Thanksgiving weekend this year than they did last year.
According to final numbers released Monday, state police investigated 524 accidents, 70 of which involved injury, and two of which were fatal, from Wednesday through Sunday.
That's compared to 392 accident investigations during the five-day holiday period in 2016, 42 with injuries and one fatality.
Drunken driving arrests remained steady with 51 both this year and last.
Troopers reported more than 1,000 speeding violations this year, up from nearly 900 last year. Seat belt violations and well as other hazardous violations, including cellphone usage, were also up this year.
State police stepped up patrols during the holiday period.