Virginia State Police urging drivers to #Drive2SaveLives during Labor Day weekend

State, local officials kick off traffic safety initiatives

"The Labor Day holiday should be a special time for friends and families to mark the end of summer".

Chicago suffered one of its bloodiest years in two decades in 2016, with more than 4,300 gunshot victims and almost 800 homicides.

On Thursday, gas in CT was $2.53 - up 6 cents from a week earlier.

He also said that checkpoints are rotated through each county in the state; Bristol and Norfolk counties are not being singled out this weekend.

The price hikes are attributed to the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline because of Hurricane Harvey, Parmenter said.

"So if you're going to be out on boats, or in the water make sure that you have somebody who is sober".

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State Police will implement two sobriety checkpoints over the Labor Day weekend, with troopers and their breath alcohol testing mobile command centers - known as BATmobiles - posted at the traffic stops. They also will watch for people who are not wearing their seatbelts.

Troopers will use traditional and nontraditional state police vehicles to search for reckless and intoxicated drivers through Monday. Officers will be focusing on a few things, but removing impaired drivers from the roadways is the main focus. The Lima Post says they will be out in full force.

Lee said campaigns such as Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over focus on preventing deaths that may be caused by drivers whose judgment may be skewed by alcohol. The law states drivers are not allowed to use a hand-held device while driving, stopped in traffic or at a stoplight.

"Summertime, with the warm weather, you see an increased number of motorcycles, and with Labor Day still being considered a summer holiday, we'll see increased motorcycle traffic on all the roadways in the state".

In 2016, state police made 101 driving under the influence arrests over Labor Day weekend, the release said. "With the increased traffic flow due to the holiday, people being off and celebrating, we're expecting an increased traffic flow".

State police also plan to look for inattentive drivers next week, when more than a half-million CT children will be back in school, they said. This is why Turlock Police Department is working to remind drivers that impaired driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death.

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