|For Immediate Release
January 1, 2014
|Lieutenant Matthew Shapiro
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Traffic Enforcement Efforts
State Police Director Robert Quinn announces the enforcement efforts of State Troopers during the New Year’s Eve traffic enforcement effort. The State Police are pleased to announce that there were no fatal motor vehicle crashes and want to thank all those who traveled safely and courteously.
Beginning Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:00 PM through Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 4:00 AM, State Troopers maintained a highly visible presence throughout the state to assure safe holiday travel. As a result of their efforts, there were a total of 11 DUI arrests made and 20 other criminal arrests.
In related New Year’s (Day) traffic enforcement efforts, at approximately 0723, Trooper Chris Storm of the NH State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Unit was working as a member of the ground crew with the Special Enforcement (Aircraft) Unit when he arrested Connor Hegarty, age 18, Wakefield, MA, DUI; Connor Evangelista, age 20, Middleton, MA, Unlawful Possession of Alcohol; Nicholas Roberto, age 19, Wakefield, MA, Unlawful Possession of Alcohol; and Brendan White, age 19, Reading, MA, Unlawful Possession of Alcohol. Mr. Hegarty had been clocked by aircraft driving 87-MPH in a posted 65-MPH speed zone on Interstate 95 southbound in Greenland. Mr. Hegarty’s arraignment date has been set for January 13th in the Portsmouth District Court while Mr. Evangelista’s, Mr. Roberto’s, and Mr. White’s arraignment dates have been set for February 10th.
The NH State Police Special Enforcement Unit regularly interdicts elevated speed violations and other aggressive driving behaviors. Its members patrol across the state during commuter traffic periods and holiday travel times with the goal of keeping New Hampshire’s roadways safe for all residents and visitors.
Also in another related New Year’s (Day) traffic enforcement effort, at approximately 1056, Trooper Alex Davis of New Hampshire State Police Troop A arrested Mathew Cossette, age 23, Lowell, MA for Reckless Driving & Transportation of Drugs. Mr. Cossette was clocked by laser driving 116-MPH in a posted 65-MPH speed zone on Interstate 95 northbound in Hampton Falls. Mr. Cossette’s arraignment date has been set for February 13th in the Seabrook District Court.
During 2013, there were 121 fatal crashes on New Hampshire Roadways, and 132 people lost their lives as a result of these crashes. The majority of these crashes involved the driving behaviors of Impaired Driving (by alcohol and/or drugs), Distracted Driving, or Speeding. The New Hampshire State Police are committed to ensuring safe travel throughout the state and will continue our efforts to reduce collisions in 2014.