Although this is not the year to travel, or hang out at big family gatherings, or, for that matter, small family gatherings, it's going to happen. Even if it's only for a present drop-off, a lot of us will be traveling over the next week, through the New Year Holiday weekend. The Connecticut State Police have sent out a few safety tips, and warnings that they will be out looking for people breaking traffic laws over the next 10 days.

If you're planning on traveling through Connecticut, the Connecticut State Police have offered up some safe driving tips:

  • Keep your speed below or at the speed limit
  • Maintain a safe distance between you and other vehicles
  • Wear your seatbelts
  • Use your turn signal
  • Don't use your phone while operating your vehicle
  • Don't drink alcoholic beverages, use illegal drugs, or legal prescription medication that may cause impairment, and get behind the wheel
  • Reduce your speed, and give room, to First Responders on the roadways

We're slated to have severe weather here in Connecticut Christmas Eve into Christmas Day according to our latest forecasts. If you will be traveling during the storm, the Connecticut State Police also remind drivers to:

  • Fill your gas tank prior to your journey
  • Check your wipers, fluid, and tire pressure
  • Fully charge your cellphone
  • Bring blankets, water, and snacks
  • Check traffic and weather before you leave home
  • Keep a shovel, sand or salt in the trunk

Colonel Stavros Mellekas, the commanding officer of the CSP says -

While on patrol, Troopers will focus on distracted driving and those who may be operating under the influence. Please, be our partners in safety by following state laws on the road.


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