One fatal crash, 443 speeders, 21 DUIs so far Memorial Day weekend

May 27, 2018 GMT

State police have already caught more speeders this Memorial Day weekend than last year, but drunken driving arrests have yet to exceed last year’s numbers.

Troopers are using both traditional and non-traditional patrol cars to enforce drunken driving violations, aggressive drivers, distracted drivers and speeding throughout the weekend, according to a release from state police. Police have also set up sobriety checkpoints and targeted patrols to catch those driving under the influence.

State police have reported 443 speeding violations between just after midnight Friday to 8 a.m. Sunday, as compared to 719 speeding incidents throughout the entire Memorial Day weekend, according to a release.

There has been one fatal crash in Meriden, where a New Hampshire woman, Sally Mosher, was killed when a Bridgeport driver’s car flew over the median and crashed into the car where she was a passenger.

There were two deadly crashes last year on Memorial Day weekend.

Meanwhile, there have been 225 crashes in the state, including 43 where someone was injured. During the entire Memorial Day weekend last year, 302 accidents occurred, with 48 crashes involving injuries.

Troopers have so far charged 21 drivers with operating under the influence, as compared to 31 drivers from the full weekend last year.

Police have reported 225 seat belt violations so far, as compared to 668 last year. There have been 1,589 other moving violations, which includes drivers changing lanes unsafely, following too closely or using their cell phones. Throughout Memorial Day weekend last year, there were 2,658 other moving violations.

The police’s Memorial Day enforcement period runs from 12:01 a.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday.