May 21, 2012
TROOPERS HEIGHTEN ENFORCMENT DURING HOLIDAY WEEKEND
The New Hampshire State Police will be out in force during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, which begins on May 25, 2012, and extends through midnight, Monday, May 28, 2012. The State Police is participating in: Operation C.A.R.E. - a Combined Accident Reduction Effort, involving all 50 state police and highway patrol organizations across the United States and the highly publicized Click It or Ticket mobilization for those under age 18. These campaigns focus on saving lives, preventing injuries, and mitigating property damage associated with traffic crashes. Vehicle traffic is expected to increase throughout the state during the extended holiday weekend. The New Hampshire State Police will use our resources to make New Hampshire’s roadways safer by reminding drivers to slow down and buckle up. Our troopers have a single goal in mind, to save lives and reduce serious injuries associated with traffic crashes. Extra uniformed State Police personnel, including those normally assigned to administrative duties, will patrol interstates and other major state roads throughout the four-day holiday period. The strategy aims to increase State Police presence throughout New Hampshire in an effort to deter traffic violations and to enhance services to motorists who break down while traveling or who need other assistance. Please remember to dial 911 from your cell phone to contact State Police to report an aggressive driver or to request roadside assistance. The Department of Transportation will expand its Courtesy Patrol on Route I-93 between the Massachusetts line and Exit 4 during the holiday period. This NH-DOT truck will assist disabled motorists and Troopers at motor vehicle incidents.
The State Police also would like to remind motorists that in New Hampshire, if you are involved in an accident, you are directed to move your vehicle out of the travel lane when possible. Even minor lane closures can back up traffic for miles. Also, it is New Hampshire law that you must vacate the lane of travel next to an emergency vehicle when its emergency lights are activated, when safe to do so. If you cannot move over, you must significantly reduce your speed.
May 29, 2012 - UPDATE
The Operation C.A.R.E. holiday weekend traffic enforcement effort conducted by the State Police has come to a successful conclusion, according to Safety Commissioner John Barthelmes. During the extended holiday period that began on Friday, May 25, at 12:01 AM and ended Monday, May 28, at midnight, the State Police logged a total of 48 motor vehicle accidents throughout the state with zero fatalities.
Troopers also monitored speed through aircraft and radar zones, and worked extra patrols looking for alcohol and drug impaired drivers. State Police Colonel Robert Quinn said the Operation C.A.R.E. holiday weekend enforcement effort recorded the following:
- 5166 Vehicle stops
- 31 DWI arrests
- 1230 Speed court summonses
- 418 Other court
- 3201 Warnings
- 63 Defective equipment tags
- 34 Commercial vehicle violations
- 20 Seatbelt Warnings
- 51 Seatbelt Citations
- 77 Criminal Arrests
- 30 Suspensions
Commissioner Barthelmes states the Department of Safety will continue to operate similar holiday and weekend traffic enforcement efforts to promote and emphasize the importance of highway safety.