The Connecticut State Police would like to pass along some valuable advice as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Many of us are of the mindset that it will never happen to us. It could happen when you least expect it or even when you think you're "okay to drive." You glance in your rearview mirror and you see those flashing police cruiser lights and all of a sudden you know you could be in big trouble.

According to the Connecticut State Police, police cruisers will be out in force trying to keep you safe and alive. Starting at midnight on Wednesday, November 27 through 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 1, extra Troopers will be out on patrol doing their best to keep Connecticut roads safe. As a courtesy to you, the Connecticut State Police have printed out a list of patrol locations and DUI checkpoints. Here's where they say they'll be:

Connecticut State Police

If you are pulled over and are charged with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and it's your first offense, you could potentially get 6 months in prison and up to $1,000 in fines, not to mention expensive attorney fees and all the other associated costs to the DMV, DUI classes, etc. I've heard of DUI cases that cost first offenders over $10,000, all because of a bad decision.

“We rely on the motoring public to obey all traffic laws and to be an extra set of eyes and ears on Connecticut roads,” noted Colonel Stavros Mellekas, commanding officer of the State Police. “During this very busy long holiday weekend, please take the time to arrive at your destination safely. Check traffic and weather reports before you leave home and be patient as the roads will be filled with other drivers.”

You want to party over this holiday weekend? The solution is simple, spend the money and call a Lyft or an Uber.

In a statement, Colonel Stavros Mellekas, commanding officer of the State Police, said, “We rely on the motoring public to obey all traffic laws and to be an extra set of eyes and ears on Connecticut roads. During this very busy long holiday weekend, please take the time to arrive at your destination safely. Check traffic and weather reports before you leave home and be patient as the roads will be filled with other drivers.”

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