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Monday, November 28, 2005

Police Report Few Problems Over Holiday Weekend

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Westport police are reporting a large number of motor vehicle violations, but say it was a relatively quiet holiday weekend.

Police Sgt. Jerry Shannon said police issued 81 tickets for motor vehicle violations, responded to 22 accidents and had no thefts reported in the downtown area in the time period from Wednesday night to this morning.

Police did not make any driving while intoxicated arrests, and all of the accidents were minor, he said.

The statistics are compiled and reported to the state, he said.

Normally, police make one or two driving while intoxicated arrests over a holiday weekend, Shannon said, but Thanksgiving weekend is odd compared to other weekends.

“It’s not usually a party weekend,” he said. “Most people are spending time with family.”

There was no motor vehicle violation that dominated the type of tickets that were handed out, he said.

“There was an assortment in the motor vehicle charges,” he said. “We had seat belt and cell phone violations, but we also had people charged with reckless driving.”

Also, with the first major shopping weekend of the holiday season, he said, there were no reports of larcenies in the downtown area.

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Posted 11/28/05 at 09:07 PM  Permalink



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