(CBS Connecticut) _ State police troops in Hartford, Bethany, and Westbrook recently concluded a month-long project aimed at educating the public about tailgating.

“Operation Stop Tailgating” zeroed in on some of Connecticut’s most heavily traveled thoroughfares: Interstates 84, 91, 95, and 691, along with routes 8, 9 and 15.

State Police Lt. Paul Vance says they have deemed the detail a success.

“As a result of our month-long campaign, we compared our statistics from the month of March 2014 with the month of March 2013 and we were able to not only identify the hot spots where these accidents occurred, but reduced the accidents in 2014 by almost 11 percent,” Vance said.

Vance says in many cases, motorists were unaware of what constituted tailgating.

He says the primary reason for the accidents included people rushing to get from point a-to-point-b during the morning and evening commutes.


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