State Police Announce Holiday Weekend Arrests Through Friday Afternoon

Enforcement action nets 482 speeders and 189 seat-belt violators.


Connecticut State Police cited 482 drivers for speeding and 189 for seat-belt violations during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend between midnight Wednesday and mid-day Friday.

State police also made 22 arrests for driving under the influence and investigated 228 accidents, 23 with injuries in that time period. There have been no fatalities on Connecticut’s state roads so far since midnight Wednesday.

There have also been 1,020 moving-violation citations (unsafe lane changes, following too close, cell phone use, failure to signal, etc.) issued.

State police have responded to 4,521 calls for service. The enforcement action continues until midnight Sunday.

Last year during the entire Thanksgiving Day weekend,  state police issued 2,255 tickets for speeding, 151 for seat-belt violations, 3,411 for moving violations and arrested 80 drivers for DUI. There were 391 accidents, including 57 with injuries and one that was fatal.

john q. public November 28, 2011 at 12:08 AM
I can debate the safety factor, granted the use of a seat belt has saved some people in some traffic accidents, but there is ample proof that in other kinds, some people have been more seriously injured and even killed only because of forced seat belt use. In the latter case, that means the state is knowingly and willingly a party to random premeditated wrongful deaths, a criminal offence if committed by an individual in the private sector. Also, the injuries and deaths caused by forced seat belt use are not given the same degree of publicity, if any, as given when people are supposedly saved by seat belt use, thus in compiling traffic accident data, that exaggerates the so-called benefit of seat belt laws, which misleads the public into thinking seat belt use automatically means safety
john q. public November 28, 2011 at 12:24 AM
Cont: and non-use automatically means death in all kinds of accidents, which is false. Just as alcoholics, smokers, and those who choose to eat to obesity could all have done something differently, it was still their choice. I wear a seatbelt not because if I don't I will get a ticket but because it will most likely help me in an accident. I do not like the idea of being " forced" to do so by a governing body! What's next ticketing someone for smoking or eating too much? The state uses this to make money, it is just another tax in the name of "personal safety."
john q. public November 28, 2011 at 02:37 AM
You have finally got it! Not saying don't wear seat belts, I am saying I don't like being forced to do it! Yes, I know I don't have to wear it, but if I don't and some cop needs to make his end of the month quota and pulls me over then I get a ticket. Seat belt laws are divided into two categories: primary and secondary. Primary seat belt laws allow law enforcement officers to ticket a driver for not wearing a seat belt, without any other traffic offense taking place. Secondary seat belt laws state that law enforcement officers may issue a ticket for not wearing a seat belt only when there is another citable traffic infraction. I would compromise at having the law made into a secondary one. That if someone is breaking a law, such as speeding, etc and is pulled over then they are doing something that has the potential to harm others. But to be pulled over just for not having a seat belt on and no other reason does not sit right with me! It is just another way for the state to get a few more bucks out of my pocket! Do enjoy a civil with someone!
Darrell Lucas November 28, 2011 at 04:07 AM
Not wearing your seat-belt endangers others on the road. Why? Wearing your seat-belt keeps your body in the proper position in the drivers seat of the vehicle. If the driver has to suddenly stop or take a hard sharp turn the drivers body reacts with that sudden course change. If your not strapped in your body can be shoved forward into the steering wheel or you may be tilted way over onto the passengers side loosing proper control on the vehicle. If you dont have control of your car and it swerves into oncoming traffic then you endangers others. Not wearing your seat-belt endangers the lives of others in the car with you. If there is even a simple accident a person without a seat-belt becomes a "loose projectile" inside the car. Their body, head, and limbs slamming into the other passengers. This You-Tube video is a good case. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvt9JSdRr60
Darrell Lucas November 28, 2011 at 04:12 AM
Another "non seat-belt wearer" endagering the public. Link to video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=r0PgxN8tnXA warning, graphic.


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