Like many police departments across the country the Connecticut State Police works overtime during holiday weekends. These long weekends nearly always carry with them a higher than average car accident rate. One way that the State Police work to prevent such accidents is through high visibility efforts such as Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). This campaign is used by State Police Departments across the country to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents, especially those that cause injury.
The key to the program’s success is public awareness of the event. If people know that police will be out in force they are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drinking and driving. During Operation C.A.R.E. State Police focus on the following traffic violations:
- Reckless driving
- Driving under the influence
- Following too close
- Unsafe lane changes
- Seatbelt use
To help discourage drinking and driving the State Police Department implements sobriety checkpoints. Checkpoint locations are available to the pubic before each holiday weekend. Fellow drivers are encouraged to call 911 if they observe a suspected drunk driver.
Seatbelt use is also stressed during Operation C.A.R.E. The Connecticut State Police strive for 100% compliance by all motorists in all vehicles. Multiple studies have shown that seat belt use by all of a vehicles occupants greatly reduces the injuries caused by an accident.
Though these campaigns are often lamented by those who are ticketed, they are an effective way to prevent accidents during what should be a joyous holiday weekend. The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that the information provided in this article helps you better understand how Operation Care works to prevent serious car, truck and motorcycle accidents.
If you have been injured in an accident please do not hesitate to contact an experienced attorney today. We fight, day in and day out, to get our clients maximum compensation for their injuries. Please contact us today. Your life is waiting.