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State police out in full force July 4 weekend

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Connecticut State Police said they are out in full force for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, especially since it is one of the busiest weekends for traveling.

"We're looking for drivers who are driving erratically. We're looking for drunk drivers, the DWIs, distracted driving; people who are looking at the cell phones," said State Trooper First Class Gerard Joyal.

Because this is a big weekend for driving, state police said there's also a lot more people speeding, and part of the reason for that is everyone is on a schedule.

"A lot of people are late to where they're going so they're in a rush," Joyal added.

The more it rains, Joyal said, the traffic tends to lighten up on the roads. As the storm is expected to clear, more cars are expected to hit the roads.

State police said on Friday they had responded to 102 accidents, and about 10 percent of them had included injuries.

Police said they had also handed out 587 speeding tickets and more than 1,600 tickets for moving violations including drivers using cell phones or changing lanes without signaling.

Joyal said the best way to avoid a ticket is to just drive slower and keep your eyes on the road.

"Leave yourself plenty of time when you leave the house to get to your picnic or your barbecue or outdoor event," Joyal added.

If state police catch drivers speeding or driving erratically the penalties can cost anywhere from about $90 to $300.

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