More fatal crashes happen on the Fourth of July than any other day in the year. That's why Connecticut State Police were out in full force on Monday to try to reduce those statistics.
Eyewitness News a ride along with a state trooper and saw what they encountered on the roads this holiday.
Just in the short time Eyewitness News with the trooper, he was easily able to find a speeder, someone driving with one hand and holding their phone with the other and a car fire. This weekend wasn’t even over yet and it has already exceeded all statistics in terms of accidents and arrests in Connecticut compared to last year.
"What we are looking for is speeders, distracted drivers, people drinking,” Connecticut State Police Trooper Christopher Scott said.
Just a short drive on Interstate 84 in Hartford and Scott had no problem finding someone using their phone while driving on the highway.
That person got a $300 fine instead of $150 because it was not their first ticket for using a phone and driving.
On Interstate 91, Scott found a speeder.
Then, there was a car fire on the southbound side of I-91 in Windsor near exit 40. The car burst into flames, but it is not yet clear the cause of the fire. Troopers said if people don't check their oil cars can easily overheat.
So far this weekend there have been 275 crashes compared to 170 last year. There were two deaths from collisions, which was same as last year.
There 36 DUIs compared to 33 in 2015 with 1013 speeding tickets compared to 859 last year and 2,479 moving violations compared to 2,461 in 2015.
The Fourth of July is the deadliest travel day of the year. The statistics will likely only go higher before July 4 ends at midnight. The evening hours on Fourth of July are statistically the most dangerous time to be driving on the holiday weekend.
Drivers are also being told to remember to properly fasten their beach chairs and coolers to their cars. Scott said they have seen quite a few fall off and block parts of the highways this weekend.
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