CT police: DUI arrests down, fatal crashes up during Thanksgiving holiday weekend

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A file photo of a Connecticut police cruiser.

A file photo of a Connecticut police cruiser.

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While driving under the influence arrests in Connecticut during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend dropped nearly 25 percent this year compared with 2019, the number of fatal accidents on state roads almost tripled, according to police.

The Connecticut State Police enforcement period started at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 25 and continued through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Troopers patrolled roads and highways across the state with a focus on drunk and aggressive drivers.

During this year’s enforcement, troopers made 29 DUI arrests, down from 52 arrests last year, state police data shows.

This year, troopers investigated five fatal crashes that killed seven people. Last year, troopers investigated two fatalities during the Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period.

There were two double-fatal crashes during this year’s Thanksgiving weekend — one in Clinton on Friday and another in Waterbury on Sunday. The other deadly collisions were in Glastonbury, Southbury and Pomfret.

Troopers responded to 7,181 calls for service during this year’s holiday enforcement. Police issued 211 speeding violations, 106 seat belt violations and 775 other hazardous driving violations, including unsafe lane change, following to closely and cellphone usage.

Troopers investigated 376 crashes on state roads this year, with 52 of those involving injuries.

During last year’s enforcement period, troopers issued 385 speeding violations, 20 seat belt violations and 1,257 other hazardous driving violations. Troopers investigated 593 crashes last year, 61 of which involved injuries.