When COVID-19 hit Connecticut first responders were reluctant to make traffic enforcement stops due to possible exposure to COVID-19. Traffic enforcement is a low priority in law enforcement. Additionally, the government shut down lead to many people staying at home and a 70% reduction in mobility in our state. Many have noticed empty roads and have taken advantage of this to drive at very fast speeds.
Nationwide there has been an increase in fatalities in motor vehicle accidents apparently due to the rapid speeds that people are driving. Also, our state is facing record budget deficits due to COVID-19 so speeding ticket enforcement has once again become a high priority. While we are freeing convicted criminals from our jails, the police are out in mass giving speeding tickets to otherwise law-abiding citizens.
Police are back out in full force and seem to have lost their fear of interacting with the general public. With new COVID-19 fears, there is little opportunity to “talk your way out of a ticket” when you get pulled over. The state needs revenue and people are driving fast so that the police are just issuing citations. Most of the people calling our office over the last two weeks were alleged to have been driving over 80 mph. Remember over 85 mph is reckless driving per se in Connecticut and a criminal offense.