It’s the final holiday weekend of the summer, and officials at AAA and state police are reminding drivers to take it slow on the roads.
According to UConn Crash Data, over the last five years there were 23 deaths on Connecticut roads over the holiday weekend, and traffic experts said this Labor Day weekend could be the deadliest in years.
“Lower gas prices mean more cars on the road and more cars on the road mean more crashes,” said AAA spokesperson Amy Parmenter.
Connecticut State Police said they will be stepping up patrols and DUI checkpoints this weekend too.
"Connecticut State Troopers will be concentrating their enforcement efforts on drunk driving, speeding, seatbelt violations, and distracted driving during the entire Labor Day Weekend” said Trooper Kelly Grant. “These dangerous driving behaviors claim the lives of our residents every year."
AAA says there has already been almost 200 car deaths in the state this year.
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