Ringing in the New Year with hundreds of Connecticut car crashes
Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 03, 2013 in Car Accidents
The roads in Connecticut proved to be quite dangerous over the New Year holiday this year. Not only were adverse weather conditions affecting hundreds of motorists, but drunk, distracted and reckless drivers also contributed to the 419 car accidents that occurred between Dec. 29 and New Year's Day.
According to reports issued by the Connecticut state police, targeted enforcement efforts and sobriety checkpoints were in effect during the holiday weekend to cite dangerous drivers and respond to serious car accidents. They recently released some sobering statistics which highlight the risks that many drivers were affected by this previous weekend.
There were reportedly 41 people injured and at least one person killed in tragic motor vehicle accidents. Many of these accidents were said to have been caused by the weekend snowstorm, but police also say that hundreds of motorists were stopped and ticketed for a variety of traffic violations. There were 576 drivers who were cited for speeding, 44 people arrested for driving drunk or under the influence of drugs, and 1,129 tickets issued for violations including using a cell phone, following too closely or making unsafe lane changes.
The drivers who were stopped and cited for these reckless behaviors could have caused serious accidents. These behaviors, especially during dangerous weather conditions, are extremely negligent and put innocent lives at risk. When the roads are slick and icy, following too closely or getting distracted by a phone call or text can make it nearly impossible to avoid crashing into cars that have slowed down or stopped. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can severely impact a driver's cognitive thinking abilities and reflexes.
The efforts made by Connecticut police were effective in preventing many accidents by stopping dangerous drivers before they could cause a crash. However, this is an important reminder for drivers as we head into 2013. Paying attention behind the wheel and taking care to drive safely and responsibility during wintry weather is essential. Those drivers who do not take this duty seriously put other people in danger. In the event of a car accident, it can be important for victims to hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions.
Source: Avon Patch, "Hundreds of Accidents on State Roads Over New Year's Holiday," Eileen McNamara, Jan. 2, 2013