The Connecticut State Police are "hopeful" that drivers are receiving the message when it comes to safe driving.
Newly-released statistics on traffic violations over the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday weekend show that the number of charges involving speeding, seatbelts, moving violations, and DUI were down from previous years.
The normal police force was supplemented with additional manpower. These statistics are from the time period between midnight on November 27 to midnight on December 1. The decrease in violations, however, did not result from fewer officers on duty.
"We are hopeful the message is getting out and there is some voluntary compliance," Cathleen Hinsch of the Connecticut State Police Public Information Office said in an email.
The state police plan to continue stepped-up enforcement efforts throughout the holiday season.