The number of reported crashes, DUI arrests and calls for service rose over Labor Day weekend when compared to a year ago, according to Connecticut State Police, but the number of tickets issued also reduced considerably.
State troopers responded to a total of 424 crashes which led to a total of 51 reported injuries and one death over the four-day enforcement period, which began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ran through 11:59 p.m. Monday. The numbers represent a 50% increase over 2018, when the agency responded to 281 total crashes.
State police also arrested nearly twice as many motorists on suspicion of driving under the influence in 2019 as they had a year ago. According to state police records, troopers charged 46 people with DUI in 2019 compared to just 24 in 2018.
The rise in total calls for service — the department reported 7,000 calls in just four days — did not lead to any additional tickets being issued, however. In fact, over the four day period, the agency reported an 18.71% decline in overall citations issued compared to the same period a year ago.
The number of tickets issued for speeding saw a 39.77% decline compared to 2019, while the number of total moving violations including distracted driving dropped by 9.26%. Troopers also issued four fewer citations issued for seatbelt violations this year.
— Jason Vallee