State Police Watching Holiday Traffic

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut state police say they’ll be targeting drunken drivers and seat belt law violators across the state over Memorial Day Weekend.

Troopers say they’ll be increasing patrols and setting up sobriety checkpoints as part of two national efforts. One is a program called CARE, which stands for combined accident reduction effort. The other is the “Click It Or Ticket” program aimed at people who don’t use their seat belts.

State police say the extra enforcement will run from Friday through midnight on Monday.

During last year’s Memorial Day Weekend, troopers responded to 249 accidents, including one fatal crash. They also charged 76 people with drunken driving, 1,700 with speeding and more than 900 with seat belt violations.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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