Memorial Day Weekend Traveling

don't drink and driveMemorial Day weekend has finally arrived, the unofficial start to summer.  This is the start to vacations for many of us.  As with any holiday weekend, traffic will be a lot heavier and more congested.  AAA projects an increase in Memorial Day weekend traveling maybe due to the long cold winter we had.

We’ve all got a little cabin fever and really need to just get away.  AAA projects that 1.6 million people from Connecticut and other New England states will be hitting the road and traveling at least 50 plus miles from home this holiday weekend.   AAA also states that holiday travelers can expect to pay on average $3.92 per gallon, almost 14 cents more than last year.   Gas Watcher’s Guide contains tips for conserving fuel, saving money and protecting the environment.  You can pick this up at any of your local AAA offices.

Another thing you’ll want to keep in mind this weekend is the DUI Checkpoints in CT.  With a holiday weekend these checkpoints will be all over the state.  Connecticut has introduced their involvement in the National C.A.R.E program over this holiday weekend.  C.A.R.E stands for Combined Accident Reduction Effort.

Connecticut State Troopers are joining all New England State Police Departments concentrating on enforcement of DUI and safety belt laws during the entire holiday weekend.  The two things they want you to remember is “Don’t Drink and Drive” and “Buckle up and stay off the cell phone, it’s the law.”

Here are some of the Checkpoints & Roving Patrols in the Eastern part of the state:

  • 05/23/14: Roving Patrols – Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195 in towns of Ashford, Ellington, Mansfield, Somers, Stafford, Tolland, Union and Willington
  • 05/23/14: Roving Patrols – Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395  in towns of  Killingly , Brooklyn, Thompson, Woodstock, Chaplin, Hampton, Eastford, Sterling, Putnam and Pomfret
  • 05/23/14:Roving Patrols – Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 82, 203, 207, 85, 66, 316, 354 and 149  in the towns of Bozrah, Colchester, Franklin, Lebanon, Bolton, Columbia, East Haddam, Hebron and Marlborough.
  • 05/24/14: Roving Patrols – Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195 in towns of Ashford, Ellington, Mansfield, Somers, Stafford, Tolland, Union and Willington
  • 05/25/14: Roving Patrols – Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195 in towns of Ashford, Ellington, Mansfield, Somers, Stafford, Tolland, Union and Willington
  • 05/26/14: DUI Sobriety Checkpoint – Route 2 / 164 in Preston. This will be in conjunction with the Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit.

We want everyone to have a safe and fun holiday weekend.  Remember to stay off those cell phones will driving and be drink responsibly.  Never drink and drive.

Happy Memorial Day

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance

 

 

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