It can be very disturbing to be driving and following all the rules of the road only to suddenly see a car approaching from the opposite direction. Then, unless one of the drivers can avoid the collision, a fatal car accident can occur. Recently, Connecticut authorities have found that there has been an increase in this type of dangerous driving behavior in the Hartford area.
State police have indicated that Hartford has seen a tremendous increase in the number of wrong-way drivers and DWIs this year. Authorities estimate that DWIs are up more than 75 percent in certain areas of the state. This increase has led certain members of the Connecticut state police to become drug recognition experts. These troopers are called in to situations that involve impaired drivers in order to determine what type of substance these drivers are under the influence of. Many suspects were stopped by authorities after driving on the wrong side of the road.
One Connecticut trooper even let a representative from a local TV station ride along with him. Within a few hours, the officer was diverted to a local highway where an impaired driver was driving on the wrong side of a state highway. When the officer arrived, the driver had already been stopped by another trooper who had to deploy stop sticks on the road to stop him. The driver admitted to drinking and driving. By successfully stopping him before he encountered another driver, state police may have prevented a fatal accident. Troopers have also indicated that there has been an increase in the number of wrong-way crashes.
Any Connecticut driver who may have lost a loved one in a wrong-way accident, or an accident caused by a drunk driver, may want to get more information in order to find out if negligence played a significant part in the accident.
Source: wfsb.com, “CT state police see spike in DWI, wrong way drivers”, July 28, 2016