Connecticut State Police Begin Operation SANTA To Keep Roads Safe

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State Police will be cracking down on unsafe driving during the holidays. Photo Credit: File Photo

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The Connecticut State Police recently launched its 2013 holiday enforcement program Operation SANTA. 

The program, which stands for Stop Another Needless Tragic Accident, is an initiative to send an injury- prevention message during the holidays. This accident-reduction effort involves all State Police Departments across the United States.

The focus of the initiative is on driving behavior that most frequently causes accidents, and enforcement would attempt to rid the roads and highways of drivers who drive under the influence, speed and fail to wear seat belts.

"DUI enforcement will increase dramatically during this holiday season," said a press release from State Police. "Traditionally at this time of year, many holiday celebrations such as house and office parties take place. Many of these parties may include the consumption of alcohol. Some party-goers will not designate a non-drinking driver and will neglect to remember that mixing alcohol with driving any motor vehicle is unwise, dangerous and illegal."

State Police have scheduled DUI sobriety checkpoints and enhanced DUI enforcement operations on the roads and highways all across Connecticut. 

“Our state troopers are trying to save lives and keep all of our roads and highways safe," said Emergency Services & Public Protection Commissioner Reuben F. Bradford. "Remember, mixing alcohol with driving a any vehicle is a dangerous combination for everyone, and illegal in our state.”

Troopers are asking motorists to obey the laws and help the Connecticut State Police keep all roads and highways safe.

For a listing of patrols and checkpoints, residents are asked to visit the Connecticut State Police website

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