State police continue holiday patrols

State police working extra patrols over the long Thanksgiving weekend have issued 1,210 citations for speeding and 44 drunken driving arrests since midnight Wednesday.

From midnight Wednesday to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, state police also issued 74 citations for seat belt violations and 2,224 citations for moving violations that included using a cellphone while driving, making an unsafe lane change, failure to use a turn signal and following too close.

There were 286 accidents, 38 of which resulted in injuries. There was one fatality, in Southington.

State police will continue to patrol all roads and highways across the state until midnight Sunday and will conduct sobriety checkpoints and targeted DUI patrols.

Police will also continue the preventive enforcements through the end of the 2012 holiday season.

As of 3:15 p.m. Saturday, there were 7,627 calls for State Police service.


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