Crashes over Independence Day weekend down year over year, state police data shows

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A Connecticut State Police cruiser. The agency released final statistics for the July 4 weekend on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

A Connecticut State Police cruiser. The agency released final statistics for the July 4 weekend on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

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State police responded to 299 motor vehicle crashes over the July 4 weekend— a decline from the 381 crashes the agency responded to the same weekend last year, according to final statistics released Tuesday morning.

Last year saw more than 100 additional crashes reported by state police over Independence Day weekend than in both 2020 and 2019. The bump in motor vehicle crashes came amid the widespread lifting of restrictions on bars, restaurants and other public venues as COVID-19 vaccines became widely available.

This weekend saw 37 crashes with reported injuries, and two fatal crashes, according to state police. In 2021, there were 52 crashes with injuries, and three with fatalities. Those numbers are up from years prior— in 2020, there were 271 crashes, 49 of which involved injuries and at least one that proved fatal. 2019 saw 248 crashes over the Independence Day Weekend, with 51 crashes involving injuries, and no fatalities, according to state police.

Overall calls for service and DUI arrests were up this year, with troopers responding to 6,463 calls, compared with 5,390 in 2021. This year saw 50 arrests for driving under the influence, compared with 26 last year.

The agency reported 644 speeding violations this year compared with 483 in 2021. There were 43 seat belt violations this year compared with just two reported last year, according to state police.

The total number of violations reported by troopers were down slightly from last year, with 910 reported this Independence Day Weekend compared with 978 in 2021.