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General Information

Contacts: Officer Ken Albert
Officer Colleen Anuzewski
Officer William Braithwaite
Sgt. James Desso
Sgt. James Kodzis
Officer Earl Middleton - School SRO
Officer Bruce Taylor
Officer William Vieweg 
Hope Frassinelli- Office Manager
Location: 2 Main Street
Stafford Springs, CT 06076
(Old Train Station)
Phone: (860) 684-3777
Fax: (860) 684-4437
Hours:

Resident Troopers Office Happenings and Information

Kids and Bicycle Safety
Message from Officer Earl Middleton Stafford School Resource Offier
Hello Stafford, This is Officer Earl Middleton from the Stafford Police Department and I’m currently assigned to the Stafford Public Schools as the School Resource Officer (SRO). I just want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the official start of the school year, in Stafford, is August 30th 2021. Give yourself plenty of time during your commute because traffic will be heavier, children will be out and school buses will be on the roads. Please be patient and obey all traffic laws. Also, as a friendly reminder, passing a standing school bus when they are loading and unloading students can place students in grave danger. In Connecticut, drivers must stop at least 10 feet away from a school bus and cannot proceed until the bus has retracted the stop-arm and deactivated the red flashing lights. It’s illegal to pass a stopped school bus that is loading and unloading children. When a bus activates its yellow lights, drivers should slow down and be prepared to stop. Once the red flashing lights are activated and the stop-arm comes out, traffic on either side of the roadway must stop. Currently, the penalties for passing a School Bus is $470.00! Let’s keep our kids safe during this school year! Respectfully, Officer Earl Middleton, SRO Stafford PD & Stafford Public Schools

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Phone Scams-Dont be a victim
The Stafford Resident Troopers office is warning citizens of Stafford of several phone scams that are targeting citizens of Stafford.

If you receive a call from someone stating they are from the IRS and ask you to send money or gift cards, this is a scam! DO NOT SEND THEM ANYTHING.

The Stafford Resident Troopers office is currently investigating phone scams of victims that reside in the town of Stafford. The scam is someone acting a family member who is in trouble and needs money. At no time will any judicial system in any State ask for any type of gift card for court set bonds. Prior to sending any money via Western Union to anyone in regards to a family member, Please contact that family member to verify the information you received on the telephone call. In most circumstances those telephone calls are scams. If your still not sure contact the Stafford Police department and they will assist you in determining if it is a scam.

Please contact the Stafford Resident Troopers office at 860 684-3777 with any questions.
How to Prevent Burglaries

The best way to prevent burglaries is to get involved and report suspicious activity to the Stafford Resident Troopers office at 860 684-3777, if it's an emergency call 911. If possible write down license plates numbers of suspicious vehicles.   

How to Prevent Burglaries

  • Call the police to report suspicious activity. Don't assume someone else will take care of it. You can be the eyes of your neighborhood, and you may remain anonymous.
  • Protect your property. Lightup your residence and lock your doors at all times.
  • Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them in regularly.
  • Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
  • Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
  • Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
  • Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
  • Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.

Don't Provide Temptation:

  • Lawn mowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight
  • Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
  • Use curtains on garage and basement windows.
  • Never leave notes on your door such as "Gone shopping."

Locks Don't go cheap:

  • No lock, regardless of its quality, can be truly effective. Key-in dead bolt locks provide minimum security. Ask a locksmith for advice on your situation.
  • Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.
  • When moving into a new home, have all locks changed.

Targeting the Outside:

  • Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.
  • Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
  • Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.

Windows:

  • Most windows can be pinned for security.
  • Drill a 3/16" hole on a slight downward slant through the inside window frame and halfway into the outside frame - place a nail in the hole to secure the window.

Alarms:

  • An alarm system is excellent for home security. It provides peace of mind to homeowners, especially while on vacation. There are many alarm systems on the market.
  • Shop around with different companies for the best security system available to you.
  • If you have a home alarm system, use it! Alarm systems are only useful when you remember to activate them.
  • Many individuals have alarm systems but do not arm them because it is inconvenient. Many burglars know this and will not be deterred by a window sticker or sign indicating that the home has an alarm system.

If Your Home Is Broken Into:

If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:

  • Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
  • Use a neighbor's phone or your cell phone to call police.
  • Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
  • Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
  • Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.

Other precautions you should take:

  • Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other "secret" hiding places -- burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
  • Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
  • Trim your shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars.
  • Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Mark your valuables with your driver's license number with an engraver you can borrow from your precinct. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.
  • Form a Neighborhood Watch Group. We can help you work with your neighbors to improve security and reduce risk of burglary.

Car Burglaries

Tips on how to avoid car break-ins:

  • Do not leave valuables in plain view:
    (especially GPS devices, lap tops, PDA's, cell phones, MP3's, wallets, purses)
  • Do not leave windows or sunroof open.
  • Do not leave your doors unlocked.
  • Do not leave keys in the vehicle.
  • Do not leave the garage door opener in plain view.
  • Do not leave out items with personal information.
  • Do not move valuable items to the trunk while in public view.
Stafford working together to prevent DRUG ABUSE
Stafford working together to prevent DRUG ABUSE

The town of Stafford purchased a new Prescription Drug Drop Box to remove unwanted or unused prescription medication from homes.   By removing these unwanted prescriptions from homes we hope to reduce the number of individuals that are abusing narcotics. According to the office of National Drug Control Policy, next to Marijuana, the most common abused drugs are Prescription Medications.

We would like to thank everyone that has already used the drug drop box and encourage others to start to utilize it.

This calendar year, there has been 60 pounds collected of unwanted prescription drugs.

The drop box is located in the lobby of the police department located at 2 Main Street. Anyone can drop off prescription medications and identification is not needed.

Thank you for your help in keeping the Stafford community and its residents safe.
Safe Walking-Rules of the Road

To stay safe walking, follow these rules of the road:

  • Walk Facing Traffic: If there is no sidewalk and you must walk on the side of the road, choose the side where you are facing oncoming traffic.  This gives you the best chance to see traffic approaching closest to you and take evasive action when needed.
  • Be Visible: Wear bright colors when walking in daytime. When walking at night, wear light-colored clothing and reflective clothing or a reflective vest.  Drivers are often not expecting walkers to be out after dark, and you need to give them every chance to see you.  Be just as cautious at dawn or twilight, as drivers still have limited visibility or may even have the setting or rising sun directly in their eyes.
  • Walk Single File: Unless you are on a sidewalk separated from the road you should walk in single file. This is especially important on a road with lots of curves, where traffic has only a split second chance of seeing you before hitting you. While it can be enjoyable to walk down the road two to three abreast chatting merrily, drivers don't expect it.  
  • Cross Safely:  At controlled intersections, it is wise to cross only when you have the pedestrian crossing light, but even then, drivers and bikers may have a green light to turn and won't be expecting you to be in the crosswalk. Make eye contact with any drivers who may be turning. Make sure they see you.
  • Be Predictable: Make a practice of staying on one side of the path while walking rather than weaving randomly from side to side. 
  • Keep the Volume Down: Don't drown out your environment with your iPod. Keep the volume at a level where you can still hear your surroundings.
  • Hang Up and Walk: Chatting on a cell phone or texting while you walk is as dangerous as chatting while driving. You are distracted and not as aware of your environment. You are less likely to recognize traffic danger.  
  • Stay Aware of Bikes and Runners: Share the road and path with bikes and runners. Bike riders should alert you when approaching from behind with a bike bell or a "passing on the left/right." Listen for them, and move to walk single file, allowing them to pass safely. Runners should also call out for passing. Bike-walker collisions can result in broken bones or head injury for either and you aren't wearing a helmet.
  • Walking Children: Be aware that children can run into the travel lane, hold their hand.
  • Walk Dogs on Short Leashes:  Keep your pet and yourself safe by learning proper leash walking.
  • Know When to Stop Walking:  Heat sickness, dehydration, heart attack or stroke can strike walkers of any age.
  • Be Aware of Stranger Danger: Choose your walking route for paths frequented by other walkers, joggers and bikers. If you see someone suspicious, be prepared to alter your course or go in to a store or public building to avoid them. 

An operator of a motor vehicle should consider the following in regards to pedestrians.

Perception / Reaction time is defined as the time it takes for a person to perceive and react to a hazard or stimulus.  The average perception/reaction time for an adult in the daytime with no other factors (i.e. alcohol, fatigue, sun glare or illness) is 1.6 seconds.  During the nighttime hours, the average perception/reaction time increases to 2.5 seconds.  Therefore if a vehicle is traveling at a constant speed of 30 MPH, with no acceleration or deceleration, during the daytime, from the point the operator perceives the hazard the vehicle travels an additional 70 feet before the operator will react to the hazard.  If a vehicle is traveling 40 MPH, the vehicle will travel 94 feet before the operator reacts. 

During nighttime hours, if a vehicle is traveling at a constant speed of 30 MPH, with no acceleration or deceleration, from the point the operator perceives the hazard the vehicle travels an additional 110 feet before the operator reacts to the hazard.  If a vehicle is traveling 40 MPH, the vehicle will travel 147 feet before the operator reacts.

Gun Safety Program
The Stafford Resident Trooper's Office is distributing gun safety locks as part of a continuing effort to promote responsible gun ownership. The gun locks are free of charge to Stafford residents.  This program is a nationwide program that promotes safe and responsible firearm ownership and storage. The gun safety locks are designed to prevent and/or reduce the chance of an accidental discharge of a firearm.   Anyone interested in obtaining a free gun lock may pick one up at the Stafford Resident Trooper's Office located at 2 Main Street. For more information, contact Lieutenant Duncan at 684-3777.

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Home Safety Tips
HOME SAFETY TIPS

  • Use deadbolt locks on exterior doors. Keep your doors locked at all times, even when you're inside.
  • Protect windows and sliding glass doors with good locks or other security devices.
  • Do not hide keys in mailboxes or planters or under doormats. Instead, leave an extra set of keys with a trusted neighbor or friend.
  • Be sure your street address number is large, clear of obstruction, and well- lighted so police and other emergency personnel can find your home quickly.
  • Use a timer to turn on lights and a radio to make your home appear occupied.
  • Consider a home alarm system that provides emergency monitoring for burglary, fire, and medical emergencies.
  • Don't advertise if you live alone. In phone books, directories, and apartment lobbies, use only your first initial.
  • Never let strangers into your home without checking their identification. Call their company if you are not sure. Install a peephole in your door and use it.
  • Get to know your neighbors and keep their phone numbers handy for emergencies.
  • Work out a "buddy" system with a friend to check on each other daily.
  • Getting involved with community programs, such as Neighborhood Watch, would help you take an active part in the safety of your community.
  • Be sure your home has working smoke detectors in each room and that they are checked monthly.
  • Be sure your home has at least two working fire extinguishers that are checked monthly.
  • Be sure your home has a fire-escape ladder in each second story or higher bedroom.
  • Be sure your home has a quality carbon-monoxide detector on each floor.
  • Be sure your water heater, furnace, and heating devices are in good working order.
  • Be sure your home has emergency numbers near telephones and first-aid supplies.
  • Be sure your children are aware of emergency numbers and who to contact in an emergency.
  • Be sure you have batteries, flashlights and other emergency supplies available, in case of an emergency.

TELEPHONE SCAMS

Often it's hard to know whether a sales call is legitimate. Telephone con artists are skilled at sounding believable--even when they're really telling lies.
Some telephone salespeople have an answer for everything. You may find it hard to get them off the phone -- even if they're selling something you're not interested in. You don't want to be rude - be firm, say no, you are not interested and hang up.
You may be promised free gifts, prizes, or vacations--or the "investment of a lifetime"-- but only if you act "right away." It may sound like a really good deal. In fact, telephone con artists are only after your money. Don't give it to them.

Tip-Offs to Phone Fraud:

Telephone con artists spend a lot of time polishing their "lines" to get you to buy. You may hear this:

  • You must act "now"--or the offer won't be good.
  • You've won a "free" gift, vacation, or prize--but you pay for "postage and handling" or other charges.
  • You must send money, give a credit card or bank account number, or have a check picked up by courier--before you've had a chance to consider the offer carefully.
  • You don't need to check out the company with anyone--including your family, lawyer, accountant, local Better Business Bureau, or consumer protection agency.
  • You don't need any written information about their company or their references.
  • You can't afford to miss this "high-profit, no-risk" offer.
If you hear these--or similar--"lines" from a telephone salesperson, just say "no thank you," and hang up the phone.

What You Can Do To Protect Yourself

It's very difficult to get your money back if you've been cheated over the phone. Before you buy anything by telephone, remember:

  • Don't buy from an unfamiliar company. Legitimate businesses understand that you want more information about their company and are happy to comply.
  • Always ask for and wait until you receive written material about any offer or charity. If you get brochures about costly investments, ask someone whose financial advice you trust to review them.
  • Always check out unfamiliar companies with your local consumer protection agency, Better Business Bureau, State Attorney General, the National Fraud Information Center. Unfortunately, not all bad businesses can be identified through these organizations.
  • Always check with your State and Local Police Department s and Fire Departments to see if they are soliciting funds. If you wish to donate to any organization, donate to them directly.
  • Always take your time making a decision. Legitimate companies won't pressure you to make a snap decision. It's never rude to wait and think about an offer. Be sure to talk over big investments offered by telephone salespeople with a trusted friend, family member, or financial advisor.
  • Never respond to an offer you don't understand thoroughly.
  • Never send money or give out your credit card or bank account number to unfamiliar companies.
Engrave It & Save It Program
Property Identification and Protection Program

The Stafford Resident Troopers Office has a  citizen's burglary prevention/property identification program for use in homes and businesses. This program requires a small amount of time and effort on your part. It involves marking and then inventorying your property. Marking denies the would-be thief a market for stolen items. Valuables marked conspicuously with your driver's license number or your name and address will not be readily resalable. This program works even when your property is recovered and lets you identify it so it can be returned to you.

What property should be engraved?engraver

All items that might be attractive to a thief, such as radios, televisions, camera equipment, stereos, small appliances, tools, and sports equipment, should be marked.
Small or very valuable items such as jewelry or antiques can be either engraved by a jeweler or photographed for identification purposes.

What to mark and how?

The engraver will mark steel, plastic, glass, wood, or any hard surface. It requires no special skills. Just use it as you would a pen or pencil. Do not press down on the engraver; allow the engraver to etch smooth, even lines. Do not engrave on removable parts such as doors, lids, plates, etc. Pick a place close to the object's serial number.
For hard objects such as bicycles, radios, stereos, televisions, tape recorders, cameras, watches, sporting goods, appliances, use an engraving tool to mark your identification on a conspicuous, permanent part of the item. Metal or plastic parts are best for making a smooth, legible mark.
For unmarkable items such as jewelry, musical instruments, antiques, etc., place the object against a plain background and take several color slides from different angles. Include a ruler in the picture for scale. Label slides and deep them with your Property Inventory Form.
For soft or porous objects such as leather, fiberboard, cloth, use a contrasting magic marker.

Where should I make the engraving?engraver2

Property should be marked with an identifying number, such as your Connecticut  Driver's License or Identification Number , as a means of discouraging burglary and theft. This number also helps law enforcement agencies identify your property should it be lost or stolen.
You can also use you name and address to mark the property.  Do not use you social security number.
When engraving, hold the tool straight up and down. The engraving tool can be adjusted for surface differences. Practice using the engraving tool before you mark your property. 

Where do I get an engraver?

To mark your property, contact the Stafford Resident Troopers Office  at 684-3777 to borrow an engraver . It's important to return the engraver within the loan agreement time so others can use it.
You can also purchase an inexpensive engraving tool at hardware, department or variety stores.

How do I keep an inventory of the engraved items?

Make a list of the engraved items including the make, model, size, color, and serial number, as applicable. Also, record the exact spots where you have engraved the items.
You should keep this record at home as a reference and for additions. Also, keep a copy in a secure place such as a safety deposit box where it can later be referred to if necessary.
The purpose of this record is to facilitate the inventory you will perform of your property. It is a record of the necessary information you will need to give to the police when and if you are victimized.
Identity Theft
IDENTITY THEFT

Operating under a variety of methods, identity thieves are obtaining key pieces of our identities and fraudulently using that information for various legal reasons. Your social security number, driver's license number or credit card will easily give thieves the information they need. Your blank, pre- approved credit application that you threw away this morning could allow someone to rob you of the one thing you may have though was completely safe - your identity.
Identity theft can occur anytime. The most common sources of theft are:

    • A family member uses or gives out your information.
    • A collusive employee at a bank or other commercial establishment.
    • Stolen mail.
    • Stolen commercial documents.

Here are a few helpful hints you should use to protect your identity:

  1. Release your Social Security Number only when absolutely necessary - because it is the key to your credit and banking accounts.
  2. Do not have your Social Security Number printed on your checks or driver's license. When you order new checks have them delivered to the bank, not your home address. If you have not obtained a new hologram driver's license, do so as soon as possible.
  3. Order your Social Security Earnings and Benefits Statement once a year to check for fraud by calling (800) 772-1213. If your SSN is fraudulently used, report it to the Social Security Fraud Hotline at (800) 269-0271.
  4. Reduce the number of credit cards you actively use and cancel all unused accounts. Keep a list/photocopy of all your credit card information, including telephone numbers of the customer service departments. If fraudulent charges appear on one of your accounts, call the Consumer Credit Counseling Service at (800) 388-2227 for help in clearing false claims from your credit report.
  5. Shred pre-approved credit applications, credit card receipts, bills and other financial information before throwing it into the trash.
  6. Order your credit report once a year from each of the three major credit reporting companies. Check the reports for inaccuracies and fraudulent use of your accounts. Remove your name from the marketing list to reduce the number of pre-approved credit applications you receive in the mail. Call 1-888-567-8688 to reduce your pre-approved credit card applications. This number will remove your name from all three databases. If you remove your name for a two-year period, there will be no need to fill out any documents. Just remember to renew your request every two years.
  7. To order a copy of your credit report call:

    • Equifax Credit Reporting Bureau at (800) 685-1111.
    • Experian Credit Reporting Bureau (formerly TRW) at (888) 397-3742.
    • Trans Union at (800) 916-8800.
When you call the credit reporting bureaus to obtain a copy of your credit report, you may have to indicate that you believe you are a victim of credit theft in order to obtain your free copy. Be persistent. You are entitled to one copy a year.

  1. To reduce unwanted junk mail, write to Direct Marketing Association's Mail Preference Service, P.O. Box 9008, Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008 and request your name and mailing address be removed from all mailing lists.
  2. To reduce unwanted telemarketing, write to Direct Marketing Association's Telephone Preference Service, P.O. Box 9014, Farmingdale, NY 11735-9014 and request your name be removed from their direct telemarketing list. (Only written requests will be accepted. If you need information on how to write the request, you can call 212-768-7227).
  3. Anytime you dial an 800, 888 or 900 number, your name, address and telephone number are most likely being notated by the company you are calling. Dial *67 before you dial any company or business that you don't want to have your information. Dialing *67 conceals your identity and is a free service provided by your telephone company.
  4. When you pay bills, do not leave envelopes containing your payments in your home mailbox. Place them directly into a secured mailbox.

Identity theft problems are growing at an alarming rate. Access to personal information compiled in private and government databases is becoming easily available through the Internet with little or no privacy protection standards. Practicing or following the above tips can help reduce your risks from threats associated with identity fraud.

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY:

  • Do not carry credit cards, your Social Security card, birth certificate or passport in your wallet or purse, except when needed.
  • Remove your name from the marketing lists of the three credit report bureaus - Equifax, Experian (formerly TRW) and Trans Unions.
  • When you order new checks, do not have them sent to your home mailbox. Pick them up at the bank instead.
  • When you pay bills, do not leave the envelopes containing the checks at your home mailbox for the postal carrier to pick up.
  • Cancel all unused credit accounts.
  • Keep a list of all your credit cards and bank accounts, the account numbers, expiration dates and telephone numbers of the customer service and fraud departments in a secure place (not your wallet or purse) so you can quickly contact your creditors in case your cards have been stolen.
  • Order your credit report once a year from each of the three credit bureaus to check for inaccuracies and fraudulent use of your accounts.
  • Always take credit card receipts with you. Never toss them in a public trash container.
  • Watch the mail when you expect a new or reissued credit card to arrive. Contact the issuer if the card does not arrive by the expected time.
  • When creating passwords and personal identification numbers (PINS), don't use the last four digits of your Social Security number, your birth date, middle name, pet's name, consecutive numbers or anything else that could easily be discovered by thieves.
  • Memorize all your passwords. Don't record them on anything in your wallet or purse.
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Online Safety Tips
Online Safety

TIPS FOR PARENTS

  • Put the child's online computer in a common area
  • Establish rules for Internet use
  • Supervise Internet use - especially chat
  • Talk about the Internet - "What's new online?"
  • Review screen names and buddy lists periodically with your child
  • No profiles for anyone under the age of 13. If the child is 13 or older, use "appropriate" profiles.
  • No home pages for young children. Supervised content for older kids.
  • No web cams unless CLOSELY supervised. Supervise any picture swapping.
  • Teach your kids about "Online Stranger Danger"
  • Use a filtering program and/or parental controls available through your Internet service provider

Most importantly, tell your kids that you love them. If you don't, there is no shortage of pedophiles on the Internet who are eager to....

SIGNS YOUR CHILD MIGHT BE AT RISK OF ONLINE CHILD EXPLOITATION

  • Your child receives mail, gifts and/or packages from someone you do not know.
  • Your child receives phone calls from adults (mostly men) you do not know.
  • You find pornography on your child's computer
  • Your child spends a great deal of time online - especially at night or unsupervised
  • Your child becomes withdrawn or secretive about his/her online activities
WEBSITE RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

www.getnetwise.org
This is an excellent site that can assist parents in determining whether they need a filtering software or monitoring software and makes recommendations as to what software is most appropriate for the computer system in use.
www.netparents.org
Great resource that lists websites for families, websites for safety tips and child protection sites.
www.state.ct.us/dps/sex_offender_registry.htm
State of Connecticut Sex Offender Registry. Search by name or location.
www.missingkids.com
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website. Excellent resources on child safety and safety on the Internet. Report child exploitation and child pornography through the Cybertipline directly through the website.
www.msn.staysafeonline.com
Web version of the Stay Safe Online game used in the "Play it Safe Online" Program.

TIPS FOR KIDS

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU GO ONLINE IS TO KEEP PRIVATE, PERSONAL INFORMATION TO YOURSELF! INFORMATION THAT SHOULD NOT BE SHARED ON THE INTERNET INCLUDE:

    • Your real, full name
    • Your address
    • Your phone number
    • Where you go to school
    • Your teacher's full name
    • Your parents' names
    • Where your parents work

Screen names: Your screen name is the first thing someone sees when you are in a chat room. Your screen name is the first thing someone sees on an instant message or an email. It identifies who you are. When choosing a screen name, make sure you do not reveal your real name. You should avoid suggestive or provocative names like "badgirl" or "lookingforlove." Don't use your year of birth or age, because it is important to keep personal information like how old you are to yourself until you really know someone. When choosing a screen name, it is best to select a combination of letters and numbers that do not identify you. It is o.k. to refer to something that you like, like a band or a sport or a video game.

Personal profiles: No one under the age of twelve is allowed to advertise a personal profile. Some kids lie about their age and enter a personal profile or respond to an advertisement on the Internet saying that they are older than they really are. If you get yourself into a situation where you have lied about your age and you feel uncomfortable, you should tell a trusted adult right away!
On the Internet, you may think that you really know someone, but you really don't. Some people who pretend to be a kid's friend at first are really an adult who isn't a friend at all, but someone who wants to hurt the kid or show them things that the kid isn't old enough to see, or make them do or say things that, when done with someone your age is a crime.

Chatroom talk: When you go into a public chatroom, always be aware that other people are watching you that you do not know. Never give out your real name, your address or your telephone number in a chatroom. Don't send or display pictures of yourself without checking with your parents.

WHAT IF?

Someone sends you dirty pictures: Someone sends you pictures of a person or people and the people are naked or touching in ways that make you feel uncomfortable (icky)?
No matter what someone might tell you online, sending a kid a picture of a naked person or of people or animals or cartoon characters touching in intimate ways should be reported to your parents, another trusted adult like a teacher or guidance counselor, your Internet service provider or a police officer.

Someone wants to meet you in person?

It really isn't a good idea to meet people in person who you meet on the Internet. Even when you're an adult, it really isn't safe to meet people from the Internet in person without really getting to know the person, checking out their background and making sure that at least one other person who can protect you knows where you're going. If someone asks to meet you, it's perfectly acceptable to say something like, "My parents never let me meet people from the Internet in real life." If the person keeps asking you to meet them anyway, you can say something like, "If you were really my friend, you wouldn't want me to get into trouble with my parents."

Someone wants a picture of you?

Some people break the law by taking pictures or videos of kids when the kid isn't wearing all of his or her clothes or they get the kid to pose in ways that make some people think about sex. A good rule to follow is to never pose for a picture or video or let someone take a picture or video of you unless you tell your parents before you do it. Be very, very careful about using a web cam or posting digital pictures or scanned pictures of yourself on the Internet. Those people use pictures of kids that they get from the Internet for all sorts of bad things. It really is the best thing to not put any pictures of yourself, in any way, on the Internet.
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Pool and Playground Safety
POOL SAFETY

  • Never leave a child alone near water -- a tragedy can occur in seconds. If you must leave, take your child with you.
  • Always use approved personal floatation devices, rather than inflatable toys, to keep your child afloat.
  • Beware of neighborhood pools -- be it your own or your neighbors. Remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use. Toys can attract children to the pool.
  • For pools, barriers can offer added protection against drowning. Power or manual covers will completely cover a pool and block access to the water, however, be sure to drain any standing water from the surface of the pool cover as a child can drown in very small amounts of water.
  • Enroll children over age three in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors. But keep in mind that lessons don't make your child "drown-proof."
  • Older children risk drowning when they overestimate their swimming ability or underestimate the water depth.
  • Teach your children these four key swimming rules:
    • Always swim with a buddy.
    • Don't dive into shallow water and in all above-ground pools. Jump feet first to avoid hitting your head on a shallow bottom.
    • Don't push or jump on others.
    • Be prepared for an emergency.
  • Always have a first-aid kit and emergency phone contacts handy. Parents should be trained in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
PLAYGROUND SAFETY
SOFT SURFACE

Because nearly 70 percent of playground injuries are caused by falls to the ground, improper surfacing is the first thing parents should watch for when they inspect a playground. Wood chips, bark mulch, wood fibers, sand, pea gravel, shredded tires and rubber mats cushion falls well. Avoid concrete, grass and dirt, they're too hard. A minimum depth of 12 inches of material surrounding each piece of equipment in a 6-foot fall zone is recommended

SWINGS

Swings are the pieces of moving equipment that are most likely to cause injuries to children. Swings should be set far enough away from other equipment so that children won't be hit by a moving swing. Only two swings should be in each supporting framework, and they should be at least 24 inches apart. Full-bucket seats are recommended for younger children. Half-bucket seats are dangerous because babies and toddlers can slide out of them.

MOOTH SLIDING

Slides should be well-anchored, have firm handrails and good traction on the steps. There should be no gaps between the slide itself and the platform. There should also be a bar at the top of the slide so that children have to sit before they go down. One of the greatest dangers with slides occurs when drawstrings on children's clothes get caught at the top of the slide.

SAFE SEESAWS AND MERRY-GO-ROUNDS

Spring-loaded seesaws are best for young children. Avoid adjustable seesaws with chains because children can crush their hands under the chains. A traditional type seesaw should have a tire or some other object under the seat to keep it from hitting the ground. Merry-go-rounds, or "whirls" or "roundabouts", are best for school-age children. They should have good hand grips, and the rotating platform should be level, free of sharp edges and have adequate clearance to prevent crushing or severing limbs.

CLIMB CAREFULLY

Forty percent of all playground injuries are related to climbing equipment. More children are injured falling off climbing equipment or horizontal ladders than anything else on the playground. Children under 4 shouldn't play on this equipment. However, climbers are great for encouraging upper body strength. Watch older children when they're climbing, check that steps and handrails are in good condition, and make sure a guardrail or barrier surrounds raised platforms. Any climbing ropes should be safely seccured at the top and bottomw

TOP 10 CHECKLIST FOR PLAYGROUND SAFETY

  • Surfaces around playground equipment should be filled with at least 12 inches of loose fill, such as wood chips, mulch, sand or pea gravel.
  • Most stationary equipment should have at least a 6 foot use zone in all directions.
  • Any openings that can trap children (in guardrails or between ladder rungs) should be less than 32 inches apart or more than 9 inches.
  • Guardrails should surround all elevated platforms and should be at least 29 inches high for preschool-age children and 38 inches high for school-age children.
  • Look for exposed concrete footings, tree roots, or rocks that could trip children.
  • Check for sharp edges and dangerous hardware, like open "S" hooks or protuding bolts.
  • Make sure your child plays on age-appropriate equipment.
  • Playgrounds should be maintained regularly. Report any problems.
  • Remove hoods and drawstrings that can get caught on equipment.
  • Supervise children while they play.
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Seatbelt Safety
SEAT BELTS AND AIR BAGS


SAVE LIVES

FOR ADULTS:

  • Buckle Up- Always wear both the lap and shoulder belt tightly.
  • Safety belts help keep you away from deploying air bags.
  • Show your children that you buckle up. Children will buckle up, if you do.
  • Sit back- Keep as much distance between yourself and the steering wheel, with or without an air bag, as is practical to operate the vehicle.
  • ALL front seat passengers must be buckled.
FOR CHILDREN (OVER 8 YEARS OF AGE):

  • Kids in Back - Whenever possible children should ride in the back seat buckled up.
  • Wear BOTH lap and shoulder belts, especially if a child must sit in front.
  • If the shoulder belt does not fit correctly, the child should remain in a booster seat, until the child is tall enough.
  • Many people allow children to slip the shoulder belt behind their back. This is a dangerous habit, especially in vehicles with air bags!!
  • If a child must sit in the front, move the seat back as far as possible, particularly in vehicles with passenger side air bags.
FOR CHILDREN IN CAR SEATS

  • All car seats need a TIGHT FIT . Install it according to both the child safety seat manual and the vehicle's owner manual.
  • Rear facing infant seats - For infants from birth to 1 year old, AND who weigh up to 20 pounds. These should never used in the front seats where a passenger side air bag is present.
  • Forward facing seats - For children between 20-40 pounds and over 1 year of age. (some newer models allow for a child up to 60 pounds)
  • Booster seats - If a child has outgrown safety seats, he/she should be properly restrained in a booster seat until they are at least 8 years old, unless they are 4'9" tall or can sit with his back his/her back against the vehicle seatback with knees bent, without slouching.
Use them properly

BUCKLE UP, IT'S THE LAW


CONNECTICUT SAFETY BELT LAW - C.G.S 14-100a (c)(1)

All drivers and front seat passengers who are not covered by the child restraint law must wear safety belts. Children between the age of 4 and 16 years of age must also use safety belts in the back seat. The driver is responsible for any passengers under the age of 16 years.

FINE: $37.00

CONNECTICUT CHILD RESTRAINT LAW - C.G.S. 14-100a (d)

Any person who transports a child under the age of 4, weighing less than 40 pounds must provide and require the child to use a child restraint system that meets the applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Any person who transports a child under the age of 4, weighing more than 40 pounds, must require the child to use a safety belt, or an approved child restraint system.

FINES:

1st offense - $60.00 and mandatory attendance at a child car safety course

2nd offense - Up to $199.00 and mandatory attendance at a child car safety course (possible 2 month suspension if any person fails to attend course)

3rd offense - Class A misdemeanor

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Safety Tips for Senior Citizens
Safety Tips for Senior Citizens

Nationwide, one out of every eight people is a senior citizen and in a few years that number could double or even triple. As the population grows older, the chances of being a victim of a crime decrease dramatically. But a lifetime of experience, coupled with the physical problems associated with aging, often make older Americans fearful.

WHY DO CONS TARGET SENIOR CITIZENS?

Isolation is an increasingly sad fact of life for seniors. Loneliness can sometimes cause them to reach out to telemarketers for company, and thus lay the groundwork for being conned. Also, seniors may not have regular contact with friends and relatives with whom they can discuss prospective investment schemes or financial matters.

Accessibility also plays a role, as retired seniors are likely to be at home to receive a telemarketer's call or a visit from a door-to-door salesman.

Declining health that comes with old age makes it difficult for some seniors to leave their home and also deprives them of their ability to perform even simple household repairs. This can make an offer of chores performed by a traveling company or workman con artist very difficult to resist. Declining mental health due to Alzheimer's disease or another ailment may make it difficult for seniors to remember whether or not they agreed to make a particular investment.

Money investment schemes may be particularly tempting to senior citizens. Although many seniors are on a fixed income, they want to increase their future financial security.

CHARACTERISTICS OF FRADULENT SALE SCHEMES

Be skeptical about any proposal that sounds too good to be true or has to be kept secret, or offered one-time only. Don't rush into anything. Check it out with family, friends, lawyers, Better Business Bureau, and your state or county consumer affairs department.


The Connecticut State Police urge seniors:

To be especially wary of free gifts that require you to pay shipping and handling fees, redemption fees or gift taxes before delivery.
To be wary of high-profit, no-risk investments.
NEVER give your credit card, phone card, Social Security, or bank account number to anyone over the phone. It is illegal for telemarketers to ask for these numbers to verify a prize or gift.
DO NOT rush into signing anything - an insurance policy, a sales agreement, or a contract of any kind. Read it carefully and have someone you trust check it. If this is a sound venture, it will be available tomorrow.
Be wary of individuals claiming to represent companies, consumer organizations, or government agencies that offer to recover lost money from fraudulent telemarketers for a fee.

REMEMBER: LEGITIMATE INVESTMENT FIRMS RARELY, IF EVER, OPERATE BY TELEPHONE AND ALWAYS PROVIDE WRITTEN INFORMATION AND TIME TO THINK OVER AN INVESTMENT.

WHEN YOU'RE OUT

Go out with friends and family, do not go out alone.
Check with your local senior citizen or senior services center about escort services.
Make sure someone knows where you're going and when you expect to return.
Whether you are a passenger or a driver, keep car doors locked.
Avoid dark, deserted routes, even if they're the shortest.
Be particularly alert in parking lots and garages.
Don't carry groceries or packages that obstruct your view and make it hard for you to react.
If you have car trouble, remain in your vehicle and ask someone to call a service truck or the police.
If using public transportation, sit close to the driver or near an exit.
If a friend or taxi takes you home, ask the driver to wait until you are safely inside.
Hold your purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
Don't carry credit cards that you don't need or large amounts of cash.
Use direct deposit for social security and other regular checks.

IN YOUR HOME

Use deadbolt locks on exterior doors. Keep your doors locked at all times, even when you're inside.
Protect windows and sliding glass doors with good locks or other security devices.
Do not hide keys in mailboxes or planters or under doormats. Instead, leave an extra set of keys with a trusted neighbor or friend.
Be sure your street address number is large, clear of obstruction, and well-lighted so police and other emergency personnel can find your home quickly.
Use a timer to turn on lights and a radio to make your home appear occupied.
Consider a home alarm system that provides emergency monitoring for burglary, fire, and medical emergencies.
Don't advertise if you live alone. In phone books, directories, and apartment lobbies, use only your first initial.
Never let strangers into your home without checking their identification. Call their company if you are not sure. Install a peephole in your door and use it.
Get to know your neighbors and keep their phone numbers handy for emergencies.
Work out a "buddy" system with a friend to check on each other daily.

Getting involved with community programs, such as Neighborhood Watch, would help you take an active part in the safety of your community. Work to change conditions that hurt your neighborhood. Remember, it takes everyone in the community, both young and old, to keep our neighborhoods a safe place we can be proud to live in.
Travel Tips for the Motoring Public
TRAVEL TIPS FOR THE MOTORING PUBLIC

This brochure is designed by the Connecticut State Police to assist motorists who travel the roadways. When traveling, motorists should take steps to protect themselves and their vehicles. To reduce the risk of personal injury and theft, the Connecticut State Police offers the following tips:

PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

  • The best way to avoid problems is to try to prevent them from happening. Make sure you:
  • Have mechanical check-ups at your local service station or automobile dealer on a regular basis
  • Regularly check all fluids (oil, transmission, brake, etc)
  • Regularly check windshield wipers and fluid
  • Keep fuel at least half full
  • Regularly check condition and air of all tires and spare
  • Tell a friend or family member what route you are taking and when you expect to arrive
  • Regularly check all lights (signals, brake and head lights)
TIPS FOR GETTING TO AND FROM YOUR VEHICLE SAFELY

  • You are the most vulnerable getting into or out of your vehicle. Have your keys in your hands as you approach your vehicle
  • Check the passenger compartment before getting into the vehicle, even if you left the vehicle locked.
  • Lock all doors and roll up windows when driving
  • Never pick up hitchhikers
  • Always park in a central, well-lit area where attendants are on duty
  • If someone is loitering near your vehicle, do not go near it
  • Seek help or wait until the person leaves
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR VEHICLE BREAKS DOWN

  • Stay calm and stay out of travel lanes
  • Park as far off the traveled portion of the roadway as possible (if possible, right side)
  • Make your vehicle visible. Turn on your emergency
  • 4-way flashers
  • Exit the vehicle (only if necessary) away from traffic.
  • Open the vehicle's hood and leave it open.
  • Tie a light-colored cloth to the antenna or door handle
  • If possible, stay with the vehicle until uniformed law-enforcement arrives, especially at night or during bad weather. Ask for identification
  • Place "Send Help" sign in a window so it is visible to other motorists
  • If someone stops to help, keep your doors locked. Crack a window, asking the person to call law-enforcement for help
  • If you decide you must walk, write down your name, the date and the time you left, where you are going and when you plan to return
  • If you decide you must accept a ride with another motorist, write down the following:
    • The direction you are going
    • The plate number of the vehicle you are riding in
    • Description of the vehicle
    • Name and description of the person you are riding with
    • Notify law-enforcement of the location and circumstances in which you left your vehicle
CARJACKING

  • Carjacking is a crime that is on the increase on our roadways. This may occur at gunpoint and may involve a physical assault. To avoid being a carjacking victim:
  • Always be alert as to what is going on around you. Regularly check your mirrors and scan ahead for potentially dangerous situations
  • Before getting into your vehicle, have your keys out and enter your vehicle quickly.
  • Lock all doors and keep windows rolled up
  • Conceal all valuables. Keep them under the seat or locked in the trunk
  • When you are stopped at a red light or stop sign, leave room to maneuver around the vehicle in front of you (in case you need an escape path).
  • Use interstates or main roads when traveling through cities
  • Plan a route to avoid dangerous areas. If you need to travel in unfamiliar areas, don't travel alone.
  • If you are followed into your driveway, remain in your vehicle until you can identify the other driver. If you need to, use your cell phone to call for assistance or sound the horn in short, steady blasts to get the attention of others.
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Safe Winter Driving Tips from LT. Duncan
Winter Driving Tips
BEFORE YOU LEAVE:

  •  Winterize your car to keep it in top operating condition. This will also improve safety and fuel economy.
  • Keep your gasoline tank as full as possible, wiper blades and defroster in good working order.
  • Carry a fully charged cellular phone. A CB radio or amateur radio can be a very useful item in emergencies.
  • Use major roads for your travel. Let someone know the route you are taking and when you plan to arrive.
  • A winter survival kit is a must! Remember to leave a window slightly open if you use your car's own heater as a heat source. Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen without the victim even being aware of it, until it is too late.
WINTER SURVIVAL KIT CHECKLIST:

  • Sleeping bags, or several heavy blankets (wool)
  • Coffee can with candles for heat
  • Coffee can with lid for sanitary needs
  • Wool hats, gloves, socks and warm shoes
  • First Aid kit with pocket knife
  • Large box of facial tissues
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Shovel
  • Canned nuts, dried fruit and hard candy
  • Weather Radio and/or radio with extra batteries
  • Small sack of sand or set of chains for tires
  • Flares
Picture you and/or your family trapped in a car during a winter storm. If you can think of anything else you would want in the car with you (i.e. a deck of playing cards, diapers, etc), add them to your kit.

HYPOTHERMIA CAN KILL:

When the body begins to lose heat faster than it can produce it, a condition called hypothermia begins to develop.
The symptoms become very apparent and include those listed below.
Uncontrollable shivering Vague, slow, slurred speech Memory lapses; incoherence Immobile, fumbling hands Apparent exhaustion; inability to get up after a rest Frequent stumbling

PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY:

  • Check the latest forecasts and road conditions before you start your travel. Do not travel unless absolutely necessary in bad weather.
  • Dress for the outdoor conditions, not for the warmth of the car.
  • Reduce your speed when traveling in winter weather.
  • If you become stranded in winter weather, stay with your vehicle and don't try to walk to safety.
  • If stranded, run the motor for about 10 minutes each hour for heat. Open a window slightly for fresh air. Make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked.
  • If stranded, tie a colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna and turn on the dome light at night when the motor is running. This will make your vehicle more visible to rescuers.
  • If stranded, don't let all occupants sleep at the same time. Exercise and stretch as best you can.

What To Do If Your Car Breaks Down on the Highway:

  • You are driving down the highway when suddenly you have car trouble. The Connecticut State Police suggest the following measures when your car breaks down or has a flat tire on the highway.
  • At the first sign of car trouble, gently and smoothly take your foot off the accelerator.
  • Do not brake hard or suddenly.
  • Carefully work your vehicle toward the breakdown lane or the side of the road.
  • If you are on an interstate, try to reach an exit.
  • Signal your intentions to drivers behind you. If it is necessary to change lanes, watch your mirrors and the traffic around you closely.
  • Once off the road, make your car visible. Put reflectorized triangles or flares behind your vehicle to alert other drivers; use your emergency flashers. If it is dark, turn on the interior dome light.
  • When you have a flat tire, be certain that you can change it safely without being close to traffic. If that is possible, change the tire as you normally would. Remember, safety must take precedence over your schedule or whatever other concerns you may have.
  • If your car is beyond repair, it is best to get professional help. Do not try to flag down other vehicles. Raise your hood and tie something white to the radio antenna or hang it out a window so Troopers or tow truck operators will know help is needed. Don't stand behind or next to your vehicle. If the car is in the roadway, stand away from the vehicle and wait for help to arrive.
  • If your car is safely out of traffic, wait inside the vehicle with the doors locked. Use your cellular phone to call for help. If someone stops and offers to help, open the window slightly and ask them to call the police.
  • Watch for a uniformed Officer or other emergency personnel. All interstate highways and major roads are patrolled regularly. Also, some highways have special "call-for-help" phones.
  • It is inadvisable to walk on an interstate, especially during inclement weather. However, if you can reach a source of help on foot, without jeopardizing your physical or personal safety, try the direct approach by walking. Keep as far from traffic as possible and walk on the right side of the roadway. Never attempt to cross a multi-lane, high-speed roadway.
Attachments:
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Crime Tips Hotline
Crime Tips Hotlinepolice

Crime Tips Hotline has been established at Troop C.   This dedicated telephone line can be used by citizens within all communities served by this troop to alert police investigators to crimes and suspicious persons or activities which adversely affect the quality of life for all of us who live work here.

How to make the Crime Tips Program work:

Take pride in your community
Be concerned about neighborhood safety and security
Report all suspicious activities and persons promptly

You Can Make a Difference!!!

Simply call the Crime Tips Hotline with your information. Leave call back information only if you wish to do so. To remain anonymous, just leave your information and it will be looked into.

CALL
(860) 896-3237
24 HOURS A DAY
Fatigued Driving
What is Fatigued Driving?

Fatigued driving is best explained as driving when you are tired or sleepy.Driving when you are fatigued has serious consequences. First, fatigue impairs your ability to safely perform even basic-driving tasks.  It decreases reaction time, affects judgment, and can result in erratic-driving behavior.

What Causes Fatigue?

The time of day is one factor that contributes to fatigue.  Early morning, after lunch and just after sunset is times to watch for fatigue.  The most dangerous time is in the witching hours between midnight and six in the morning.  It is during these hours that most fatigue-related crashes occur.

Irregular sleep patterns or sleep disorders also can result in fatigue.  Many of us do not take sleep seriously.  In fact, some consider it a waste of time.  The average adult requires from 6 to 8 hours of sleep per day.  

Some short-term relief may be gained from varying seat position and fresh air, but they are short-lived and not very effective.  Exercising by walking around your car is only temporary and may not last more than a few minutes. If you have a passenger, ask him or her to remain awake and talk to you to keep your mind active.  If your passenger sleeps while you drive, you are more likely to fall asleep yourself.  Whenever possible, avoid driving during your normal sleep time.  Your body has its own cycle and it may be stronger than your will to stay awake.

It's not wise to depend on high-caffeine drinks such as coffee or soda.  Avoid the use of stimulants such as caffeine pills or "no-doze."  These stimulants may not be very effective and are also unpredictable. When they wear off, you could go from being wide-awake to being fast asleep without warning.

Avoid drinking alcohol or eating large, heavy meals.  They may make you sleepier.

Early mornings and late nights at work also increase the risk of fatigue.  If you are frequently deprived of adequate rest, the effects continue to accumulate.  That is why towards the end of a long work week, you tend to feel tired and are more likely to suffer from driving fatigue, especially late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Colds can also cause driver fatigue.  The symptoms of a cold may leave you tired and feeling "run down."  Medications you take for the cold may have side effects that can leave you feeling drowsy.

When taking prescription drugs, ALWAYS consult the pharmacist for drug side effects and interaction warnings.

Remember, even over-the-counter cold remedies can cause drowsiness. Make sure you read and understand all medicine warning labels. Remember, NEVER mix alcohol with any medication.

There are several warning signs of fatigue; however, we often don't understand them or worse yet, choose to ignore them.  Some of the warning signs include:

Feeling sleepy or tired
Being unaware of your environment or not always knowing where you are
Erratic driving similar to drunk driving
Unable to get comfortable
Tired of burning eyes
Rubbing your neck or face to wake up
Driving off the shoulder or crossing the center line


Any of these symptoms may result in loss of vehicle control.

The Problem

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates falling asleep while driving is responsible for at least 100,000 automobile crashes, 40,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities each year.  About half of all traffic fatalities occur at night.  When you consider the miles driven at night, that rate is closer to four times as high as for daytime driving.

The Solution

The only reliable way to combat fatigue is with proper rest.  Even a short nap can do wonders to help fight fatigue.  When planning a trip, always leave extra time in case you become tired and need to stop and rest.

When Reporting Suspected Fatigued or Drunk Drivers

Be sure and note the following:

Location ? street, highway, city, county
Vehicle description, including license plate, vehicle color, make, model and direction of travel
Elapsed time from observing vehicle
Violation or activity observed
Your name, location and call-back number

Compliments of:

CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE
Department of Public Safety
Public Information Office
1111 Country Club Road
Post Office Box 2794
Middletown, CT  06457-9294
(860) 685-8230

What are the Warning Signs?
Distracted Drivers
Connecticut State Police

TIPS

Topics in Public Safety

Traveling on local roads and highways requires that drivers use skill and concentration at all times. Driving safely should always be the first priority for all licensed motor vehicle operators.

Some distractions, no matter how seemingly minor, may impair the critical skills essential for safe driving. Such distractions can result in traffic accidents with injuries or fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 25% of all crashes involve some form of driver distraction.   

The Connecticut State Police remind all motorists that their primary obligation when they get behind the wheel of a car should be to obey the rules of the road and drive safely.

Pull over and stop if:

Children require attention.
Pets interfere with the driver's vision or vehicle control. 
You must read a map or write notes or directions.
You need to talk on a cell phone.

To avoid distractions while driving, all drivers should:
Use a hands-free device for cell phones.
Never read maps, newspapers or other materials.
Never attempt to remove coats or change clothes.
Conduct personal grooming  (shaving, applying makeup, styling hair) after arriving at their destination. 
Never engage in conversations with passengers that divert their concentration.
Ensure children are properly restrained before a car is in motion.
Not attempt to pick up lost or fallen items.
Adjust controls, such as radio, mirrors or temperature, before the car is in motion.

On October 1, 2005, Connecticut adopted a law prohibiting the use of hand-held cell phones by drivers. Violators will be fined; only hands free phones are permitted.   Because cell phone usage has the potential to contribute to poor driving, the new law allows police to impose an additional $100 fine for some moving violations (speeding, tailgating, reckless driving, etc.) if the officer believes that the use of a hand-held cell phone impaired the motorist's driving. In addition, school bus drivers and motorists under the age of 18 are prohibited from using any cell phone (even hands-free) except for emergency use. 

Compliments of:

Connecticut State Police - Dept. of Public Safety   
Public Information Office
1111 Country Club Road, P.O. Box 2794
Middletown CT 06457-9294 
www.ct.gov/dps
Telephone Scams
Please see the attached information regarding recent telephone scams.

Attachments:
telephone scam
Parking Violation Hearing Form