Published: Mon, September 04, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Increased police presence planned for Labor Day weekend

Increased police presence planned for Labor Day weekend

AAA predicted more than 35 million drivers across the country to travel this Labor Day weekend, so Connecticut State Police took the chance to remind drivers to put down the cell phones and get a designated driver. The rate of these crashes climbed more than 50 percent over the three-day Labor Day weekend past year. In 17 of those crashes, injuries were reported to police as of Sunday morning. The enforcement period is underway and runs through Monday, September 4, 2017.

Almost a million Virginians are expected to travel this Labor Day holiday weekend, according to estimates from Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office.

"While I want every Virginian to enjoy their Labor Day weekend, they must do so without endangering themselves or other travelers on our roads", McAuliffe said in a statement. None of the accidents have been fatal, according to police.

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In addition to the DWI checkpoints and patrols, troopers will also be watching for distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers that are violating the "Move Over Law" for emergency vehicles over the weekend.

Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints during the campaign, along with more troopers on major highways during this detail. Year-round our members work to reduce drunk driving crashes and promote traffic safety. Unmarked patrol vehicles will also be on patrol. The statewide efforts focus on men aged 21 to 35, who accounted for almost one-third of those killed in alcohol-related crashes in the state a year ago.

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