The Connecticut state police Wednesday issued final statistics for their statewide New Year’s enforcement operation that started Dec. 29 and ended on midnight Tuesday.
While there were hundreds of accidents on state and local roads during that period, no fatalities were reported.
Troopers were assigned to patrol both highways and secondary roads and target drunk driving along with other motor vehicle violations that could cause accidents.
Troopers manned sobriety checkpoints and were assigned to specific areas where higher then normal DUI accidents and arrests have taken place in the past.
They reported the following motor vehicle statistics from the operation:
- 419 accidents (many resulting from Saturday’s snowstorm) resulting in 41 injuries and no deaths.
- 44 arrests for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- 576 citations issued for speeding.
- 42 tickets for seatbelt violations and 1,129 tickets for moving violations, such as following too close, use of a cell phone while driving and unsafe lane changes.
State police are still encouraging motorists to call 911 if they see a suspected drunk driver and believe that a true emergency exists.