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For Connecticut State Police, the extended Christmas weekend proved to be a busy one.

According to data released by the agency on Thursday, state troopers responded to 550 accidents, arrested 55 people on suspicion of DUI and issued a total of 719 infractions for speeding, seatbelt and other moving violations. The figures represent enforcement for a period that began Friday at 12:01 a.m. and continued through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday.

Data showed an increase in total calls for service — the agency received 8,435 calls during the enforcement, an additional 1,000 more than over the same period a year ago — as well as a considerable increase in both DUI and speeding incidents when compared to 2017. The total number of infractions issued was down by more than 50 percent, according to figures.

Officials said the effort will ramp up again over the extended New Year's weekend.

"Troopers are patrolling roads and highways across Connecticut focusing on drivers operating under the influence of alcoholic beverages and/or drugs as well as violations committed by aggressive drivers," state police said in a press release.

— Jason Vallee

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