According to the Hartford Courant, Connecticut state officials have announced, "There's a crisis on our highways." In January and February 2024, 50 individuals have already lost their lives on Connecticut roads, and CT State Police have identified the common factor, and it's no surprise...excessive speed.

Four Connecticut residents ranging in age from 22 to 26 recently died in a fatal wrong-way crash on I-95 in West Haven. Most drivers you might see flying by you on one of CT's highways going between 80 and 90 mph have no intention of slowing down, and that's because they don't think it could happen to them until it does. It happened to me, although speeding was not the cause.

I was driving between 35 and 40 mph on Route 109 in New Milford on a beautiful Sunday with Mindy and our granddaughter, Winter, in the car when, from out of nowhere, a late model Mercedes pulled out of a side street and appeared in front of me before I could stop.

I crashed into that Mercedes. The airbags deployed, Winter began to scream, and we ended up in a ditch on the side of the road. Thank God no one was hurt, but I will never forget that moment. Even though none of us were injured, it changed my attitude towards driving. I still enjoy driving, but I have become an uncommonly defensive driver. Don't let this happen to you.

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