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State Police Report No Holiday Traffic Fatalities

The Fourth of July in Connecticut had fewer speeding tickets and DUI arrests compared to 2011.

On one of the most traveled times of the year, Connecticut police saw no Fourth of July fatalities on the highways.

According to the Associated Press, there was a slight increase from the previous year with 323 accidents on Thursday. There were 45 charges of driving under the influence on Monday through Wednesday compared to 77 in 2011. Speeding tickets were nearly halved in a year to 1,059.

Projections from AAA predicted the holiday traffic tie the highest ever, which was set in 2007. An estimated 35.5 million people were expected to travel by motor vehicle for the Fourth of July.

“Americans are such a mobile society and have a need to go, go, go especially when gas prices continue to drop, and travel deals are readily available. The increase contributes to a continuing trend this year where travelers seem to have a need to ‘feed’ their travel needs,” said Fran Mayko, AAA Southern New England’s public affairs manager.

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