Police step up patrols during Drive to Save Lives campaign on I-95

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A national initiative aimed to keep drivers safer on I-95 this weekend.

Connecticut State Police were among many departments along the I-95 corridor that participated in the Drive to Save Lives campaign.

"Well I-95, the corridor from Maine to Florida, is identified as one of the most dangerous highways in the United States, believe it or not,” says Connecticut State Police Sgt. Robert Derry.

On a daily basis, the 1,900 miles of roadway sees anywhere from 72,000 vehicles to 300,000 vehicles at peak rush hour.

State troopers say with all that congestion comes a large amount of highway and traffic-related deaths every year.

Every state police agency located along the highway from Maine to Florida stepped up their patrols this weekend to prevent any fatal accidents with the campaign.

Many drivers say their presence alone may create safer conditions.

Distracted driving and reckless driving were two of the many violations for which state troopers were on the lookout.

"Obviously, our goal every day is to eliminate fatality motor vehicle accidents, but this is just a concentrated multistate, multi-jurisdictional campaign, that every state police agency along the East Coast is participating in,” says Derry.

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