Connecticut troopers make 29 DUI arrests over holiday period

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut troopers responded to 376 accidents on state highways and charged 29 people with driving under the influence during beefed-up enforcement efforts over the Thanksgiving holiday period, state police said Monday.

Seven people were killed in crashes from early Wednesday morning through Sunday night. Two people died early Sunday morning in a two-car crash on Route 8 in Waterbury. On early Wednesday morning, two men died in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 95 in Clinton. Fatal accidents also were reported in Southbury, Glastonbury and Pomfret.

Troopers cited 211 drivers for speeding, 106 for seatbelt violations and 775 for various other violations including using cell phones without hands-free devices and tailgating.

Arrests and citations were down from the same time last year, when troopers charged 52 people with driving under the influence, cited 385 for speeding, issued more than 1,250 citations for other violations and investigated 593 accidents. Two people were killed in two separate crashes.

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