Residents in Connecticut should be able to focus on the warmth and joy that the holiday season is meant to bring every year. This should include the ability to trust that they and their loved ones can be kept safe when on the roads, whether simply going to and from work or traveling to a holiday event or gathering to be with family. Unfortunately, this is not something that people can count on.
Accidents do not take a break during the holidays. In fact, this time of year might even pose additional risks and people may be more apt to be driving after drinking due to the increased number of social functions that take place in November and December. As reported by NBC Connecticut, the Connecticut state police are said to have placed 16 drivers under arrest for driving under the influence offenses in the first few days of the Thanksgiving weekend.
By approximately 8:00 a.m. on Sunday of the holiday weekend, more than 320 drivers had been cited for exceeding the speed limit and another 161 drivers had received tickets for violations related to seat restraint use. More than 200 crashes had been attended to by the state police over Thanksgiving up to this point. It is not known how many more accidents they responded to throughout Sunday.
On Thanksgiving Day, one person died in a rollover wreck that happened in Bridgeport when a car crashed into the Webster Bank Arena. Whether or not any other people were injured in the accident remains unknown at this time.