Drivers in Connecticut aren’t ticketed most often when there’s the most traffic on the roads. Instead, they’re cited by police either before or after typical rush hours.
Our deep dive into traffic-stop data from the state Office of Policy and Management continues. We looked at which police departments were more active writing tickets. Today, we look at what time of day drivers are more likely to be pulled over.
Most frequently, commuters are ticketed after lunch. between 1 and 2 p.m.
Then the most common times to be ticketed are before the morning traffic rush — before 6 a.m. — and in the evening between 8 and 9 p.m.
Aside from the late evening, police tend to write fewer tickets during the evening rush hours of 4 to 7 p.m. or right after the morning commute at 9 a.m.
But drill into the statistics, and different departments follow their own unique schedules.
- New Haven issues the most tickets of any department between 7 and 8 p.m.
- Newtown writes the most citations between 2 and 3 a.m.
- Be wary of driving through Hartford during the 5 to 9 a.m. rush, when police there write the most tickets.
- Danbury, Norwich, and Branford join Hartford in emphasizing morning ticketing.
- Enfield, Naugutuck, Hamden, Milford and Bethel tend to ticket more in the evenings.
- Glastonbury, Southington, Ansonia and Cheshire ticket more around lunch time.
For context, here’s when Connecticut State Police ticket drivers, which looks nearly identical to the overall trend.