Rhode Island State Police arrested seven drivers on DUI charges and responded to 3 fatal crashes while Connecticut troopers arrested 24 others and issued more than 3,800 tickets during the holiday weekend.
State police in both Rhode Island and Connecticut said they were very busy over the holiday weekend with an enforcement effort that was intended to both encourage safety and prevent tragedy.
“Troopers focused on drunken driving violations, aggressive drivers, distracted drivers and speeding,” said Connecticut Trooper First Class Kelly Grant. “Sobriety checkpoints and targeted DUI patrols were in place over the entire weekend.”
Rhode Island State Police officials said they responded to 65 crashes, including three fatal accidents, all in the greater Providence area. The police also issued 618 citations or warnings for various motor vehicle violations and arrested 43 people, including seven for DUI. The data accounted for calls between 8 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Tuesday.
In Connecticut, police said troopers responded to a total of 281 accidents including 63 that involved injuries. There were no fatal crashes. Connecticut troopers also issued 1,314 speeding tickets, 47 tickets for seat belt violations and 2,474 citations for other moving violations. The data was from 12:01 a.m. on Friday through 11:59 p.m. on Monday.