Stonington Police Department standing

STONINGTON — Enhanced enforcement over Thanksgiving week led to 27 citations in Stonington, including 18 issued to motorists and passengers who were not wearing their seat belts.

Stonington Police Sgt. Keith Beebe said in a press release last week that officers issued the citations between Nov. 19 and Nov. 26 as part of Connecticut's annual holiday Click It or Ticket campaign. The effort is done to encourage safe travel habits heading into the holiday season.

"For us, it's all about safety," Beebe said last week.

The annual program of roving patrols and checkpoints, which is administered by Stonington police and funded through a partnership grant with the Connecticut Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Office, is part of a statewide effort to reduce the number of crashes and injuries. It is specifically aimed at people who do not wear seat belts, as well as distracted drivers.

Beebe said the vast majority of the stops were related to seat belts, with the remaining citations issued for a variety of other offenses. One stop resulted in an arrest after the driver was found to be using an uninsured vehicle and driving with a suspended license, police said. 

As the season continues, police said they will continue to crack down on dangerous behavior. "Police are asking citizens to wear their safety belts and drive safely at all times, but especially during the holiday season," Beebe said.

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