State Police continue to increase patrols on Connecticut's highways over the 4th of July weekend.
From the start of the holiday operation at midnight on July 3 to July 5 at 9 a.m., State Police reported 312 accidents, 47 of which were with injury, and 17 drunken driving arrests, and troopers issued 1,559 speeding tickets, 297 tickets for seatbelt violations and 3,841 hazardous moving violation tickets for offenses like cell phone use while driving and unsafe lane changes.
By comparison, there were 370 accidents, including 55 with injuries, over the 4th of July weekend in 2013 and State Police made 65 drunken driving arrests that year. State Police also reported issuing 2,491 speeding tickets and 5,737 tickets for hazardous moving violation last year.
State Police remind Connecticut residents to call 911 if they see a drunken driver on the roads because that is considered an emergency.