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99 Tickets Issued to Drivers Last Week on the Milford/Stratford I-95 Bridge

“Operation Big Orange” targets driving offenses in construction areas.

State Police are cracking down on dangerous driving in construction areas, especially around the Interstate 95 Moses Wheeler Bridge that connects Milford and Stratford over the Housatonic River.

“Operation Big Orange” began June 9, according to a Connecticut Department of Transportation news release. The spy-mission-esque title belongs to a highway enforcement program by ConnDOT in partnership with the Connecticut State Police.

The goal is to make roads safer around construction areas by making more traffic stops and ticketing more drivers who break the law. Fines are doubled in work zones.

According to information from Trooper Kelly Grant of the Connecticut State Police, police gave 99 total tickets to drivers between June 9 and June 13, some with multiple offenses.

Of those 99 tickets, there were:
  • 124 total offenses
  • 41 speeding offenses
  • 18 unsafe lane changes
  • 14 instances of following too closely
  • 3 move over offenses
  • 48 other offenses, such as seatbelt, passing and equipment offenses


Igor June 18, 2014 at 08:51 PM
Because you aren't the one standing out there.
Tmc June 18, 2014 at 10:38 PM
There are no workers anywhere near the lanes. They're all working the lower deck 20 ft below the new span. This is just a revenue grab by the state.
kj kris June 19, 2014 at 12:19 AM
It's fish in a barrel, easy money. The initial name they chose for the directive was "operation big green" but they figured it was a little too obvious. Clever to do it in a work zone too, that's like buying all the property up on one side of the monopoly board and putting up hotels.
Igor June 19, 2014 at 07:58 AM
Ever seen a car or truck jump the Jersey barrier I have. 3/4 mile of road. Is it that much of an effort to slow down for that? You people will bitch about anything. You just need something to whine about.
Igor June 19, 2014 at 12:20 PM
kj kris if this is easy money as you say, why pick this area? Why not the Sikorsky Bridge or or the 25 connector?

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