HARTFORD/TOLLAND COUNTIES, CT — The paradox of the upcoming 2020 July 4 weekend is that more cars are expected on Interstates 84 and 91 with lightened coronavirus restrictions, but no scheduled sobriety checks have been scheduled with gathering restrictions still in place.
That does not mean state police are not watching.
"Connecticut state troopers are preparing for increased traffic and patrols as the long Fourth of July weekend draws near," state police said Tuesday. "It is anticipated that residents will venture out to visit family and friends after being separated for months due to COVID-19."
State police said they have alrerady seen an increase in the number of vehicles on the highways this week and traffic will increase as many residents have July 3 off from work and will head to state beaches, local barbecues and other activities.
Extra patrols are on tap on I-84 and I-91, state police said.
"Be assured that your Connecticut state troopers will be patrolling state roads and highways during the three-day weekend," state police said.
Roving DUI patrols have been slated from the evening of July 1 through the evening of July 5, state police said.
"As always, state troopers ask drivers to utilize lawful driving skills and plan for traffic delays due to possible traffic and road construction," state police said. "Always make safety your top priority whenever you get behind the wheel to ensure safe travel to and from all destinations."
- Stay off phones
- Use seat belts
- Respect speed limits
- Do not tailgate
- Avoid "distractions"
- Do not drink and drive
State police also send out a reminder that Connecticut's "Move Over Law" requires motorists approaching "stationary emergency vehicles" to immediately slow to a speed below the posted speed limit and, if traveling in the lane adjacent to an emergency vehicle, to move over one lane, unless it is unreasonable or unsafe to do so.
An "emergency vehicle" is defined by state law as "any vehicle with activated flashing lights including ambulances, fire vehicles, law enforcement vehicles, highway maintenance vehicles or licensed wreckers. Please pay attention to these vehicles and those who work in them."