State Police Arrest 15 on DUI Charges in Operation S.A.N.T.A.

State police conducted increased traffic enforcement over the holidays in Operation S.A.N.T.A.

Between 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 19 and 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 26, police responded to 230 crashes, including a fatal car accident involving a pedestrian in Beacon Falls and 35 involving injuries.

State police also made 15 driving under the influence arrests and issued 241 tickets for speeding,  13 for seatbelt violations and 670 tickets for hazardous moving violations like following too close or distracted driving and cell phone use.

By comparison, in 2013, there were 249 crashes, 28 with injuries, and police made 18 DUI arrests and issued 301 tickets for speeding, four for seatbelt violations and 601 for hazardous moving violations, state police said.

There were a lot of people traveling over the holiday. Troopers will continue to patrol state highways and secondary roads for Operation S.A.N.T.A. through New Year's Eve.

There are also sobriety checkpoints around the state to combat drinking and driving through the New Year's holiday.

State police ask anyone who suspects seeing a drunken driver on the roads to call 911 to report it.

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