Connecticut State Police

State Police, DOT Launch New Anti-Speeding Campaign

Interstate 84 in Hartford
Connecticut Department of Transportation

The Connecticut State Police and the state Department of Transportation are reemphasizing that they don't want you to speed on Connecticut's highways.

The number of drivers clocked going over 80 miles per hour was up 94% this April from the previous to years depite a 52% drop in traffic, according to Connecticut State Police Colonel Stavros Mellekas.

"With the wide open roadways, people are going faster," Mellekas said.

State police are also reporting an increase in the number of deaths from roadway crashes over 2019.

Some days the increase in drivers going over 80 is triple or quadruple the normal levels, said Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz.

Crashes that are occurring now tend to involve more serious injuries and a higher death rate, said Department of Transportation Commissioner Joseph Giulietti.

"We were anticipating we would see a reduction [in accidents]," Giuletti said.

Giuletti called the behavior "very disappointing."

They are introducing a new campaign on Friday. Highway signs around the state are displaying the message "Help Our Heroes - Please Don't Speed."

Bysiewicz said state leaders are worried about the risk speeding drivers pose to state troopers and construction workers.

There are also two new public service announcements being released as part of the campaign.

State troopers may be wearing masks when they pull over

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