The 2012 Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for Connecticut State Police, but the holiday was relatively quiet for local law enforcement agencies.
State police reported 279 accidents from midnight Friday, May 25 through midnight Monday, May 28, that resulted in 57 injuries and one fatality.
These numbers are up from the 2011 holiday weekend, when 260 accidents were reported, including 18 involving injuries and four fatalities.
“We were very active,” State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said.
It was also a busy weekend for firefighters throughout the state. In the Windham area, local departments responded to two fires in Lebanon.
The American Red Cross responded to seven fires in the state over the weekend – and provided assistance to 57 people – including one that destroyed the 200-year-old Bevin Brothers bell factory, the last of its kind, in East Hampton, CT. In that instance, the Red Cross set up a temporary shelter when residents near the factory buildings were evacuated because of concern about toxic chemicals in the air.
Connecticut State Troopers made 77 drunken-driving arrests this year, seven more than last year.
There were 816 seatbelt violations and 1,797 speeding citations.
Willimantic Police Lt. Jack Reed said it was a “very quiet weekend” for his department.
Reed said his department responded to four accidents, two Friday and two Monday, none of which involved injuries.
This morning, he said that no individuals were arrested for driving while intoxicated.
Reed also said there were also no cell-phone violations or speeding tickets recorded, though some might be included in the system later in the day, he said.
The Memorial Day parade kept Willimantic officers busy.
Participants left from Memorial Park on Main Street and marched to the American Legion on Bricktop Road. Main Street was closed for the festivities, as it is every year.
Willimantic officers directed traffic and public works employees set up barriers around the parade route.
“There was a pretty good turnout,” said Reed.
Coventry Police Chief Mark Palmer said traffic enforcement went smoothly over the weekend.
“It was relatively quiet,” Palmer said.
The department did not have any DWI checkpoints set up, but did conduct roving patrols.
Palmer said there were two accidents, both of which were very “minor” and did not involve injuries.
Coventry police made 26 motor vehicle stops, and issued 11 citations and 13 warnings.
The citations included three speeding citations, one for a cellphone violation, and two traffic sign violations.
“It’s pretty typical,” Palmer said, comparing this year’s statistics from those for past Memorial Day weekends.
Police shut down roads surrounding the town parade, which kicked off at G. H. Robertson Intermediate School on Cross Street.
More people attended the town parade than in previous years, but traffic was under control, said Palmer. “People were very patient,” he said.
Posted May 29, 2012 as edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan
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