This weekend, if you’re driving to see family, keep in mind that you’ll be sharing the roads with other people who want to do the same thing.
Thanksgiving is a time to be happy, but it can also be a very dangerous time for drivers.
“What we see on Connecticut roads is crazy in terms of numbers. Speeds are getting faster, and more people are driving while distracted. More people are driving while drunk or high. During the pandemic, people picked up a lot of bad habits that they still have today “Josh Morgan, a spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Transportation, said.
This holiday weekend, the Connecticut State Police are stepping up patrols to keep an eye out for bad behavior.
FOX61 got in a cruiser and went with them Wednesday night.
Trooper Javed Schwapp said, “We’ve increased patrols, so you know we’ve got stuff to check for speeding and OUIs. Tomorrow is going to be a big one.”
The CT DOT said that the number of accidents caused by drunk driving goes up around Thanksgiving. What did they say? Buzzed driving, is drunk driving.
“There are real effects. Forget about paying a fine or a minor fender bender. These crashes could kill you or other people, “Morgan said.
Troopers know what to keep an eye out for. In 2021, 50 people were arrested for DUI over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Schwapp said, “They’ll start to drift, or they won’t be able to stay in their lane. Speed is also a big clue, as is anything else that seems out of place.”
They will also keep an eye out for aggressive driving, driving while distracted, and driving too fast.
Everyone’s safety is the main goal.
During our trip, Trooper Schwapp helped drivers whose cars broke down on the highway. When there are a lot of people on the roads, even small problems can quickly become big ones.
Schwapp said, “Everyone is going fast on the highway, and when you add in the speed and distracted driving, you don’t want to risk someone getting hit, so we try to get them off the highway as soon as possible.”
State police want people who think a driver is drunk to call 9-1-1.