Millions expected to hit the roads to return home after Fourth - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Millions expected to hit the roads to return home after Fourth

Posted: Updated:
(WFSB photo) (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

As the Fourth of July holiday wraps up, millions of travelers are expected to hit to road for the return trip home.

According to AAA, the holiday weekend was on track to be the busiest ever with out 43 million people on the roads.

Experts said the most dangerous time to travel on Monday will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

As a result, state police said they've been on the roads around the state enforcing speed limits and running DUI checkpoints.

As of Monday at 11 a.m., troopers said they responded to 275 crashes, 36 of which involved injuries. Two of those, which happened on I-95 in East Haven pm Saturday and I-95 in Westbrook on Sunday, were deadly.

Troopers said they made 36 arrests for driving under the influence and issued 1013 speeding citations and 2,473 other violation tickets.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 2015 was the deadliest driving year since 2008. There were about 35,000 fatalities.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety said each Fourth of July an average of 118 people die in a car crash. That's compared to an overall daily average of 90.

Troopers sought to remind people to buckle up, put down their cell phones and be respectful of other drivers on the road.

During the same holiday weekend last year, state police said they issued 800 speeding tickets and arrested 33 people for drunk driving.

AAA is also encouraging drivers to get on the road during off-peak hours.

Copyright 2016 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.