What time of day drivers get ticketed most in Connecticut

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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.

Frequency of tickets given over time by department
Equal scales
Scale relative to town data

Some observations

  • 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.

What do you think?

  • BobMacGuffie

    It’s all revenue-based. Too many are just keeping themselves in a job. We didn’t hire them to speed-trap us at 6am on the way to the train station. It amounts to financial harassment………….

    • Bill

      Just like EVERYTHING else in Connecticut, Its corrupt to the bone.

      • Jim Scotts

        Another conspiracy theorist. You people bore me! Did you ever think that speed enforcment is done just to reduce crashes and injuries. It’s proven that the only deterent to speeding is tickets! Duh!

        • Bill

          No I do not give them that much credit. Its just a revenue raiser disguised as public safety. Any one who believes in anything this State, its leaders or unionized employees say is just a damn fool or on the dole.

          • Jim Scotts

            Arguing with a fool only makes me a fool.

          • Bill

            People who believe that the police are more than revenue raisers are saps. Take cell phones, they increase the fine and go on a crack down. Why? $$$$ that’s it. Cant talk on the phone while driving or sitting at a lite unless you are a cop. They must be such superior drivers to the rest of us. I’m done, wave your flag

          • Jim Scotts

            You are clueless! I too was shocked to find that cops were allowed to use their cell phones but then learned that they need to use their cell phones because the police radio is old and antiquated and only one officer can communicate on it with a dispatcher. My understanding is that they exchange info that is private on cell phone rather then on radio. But you’re too close minded to listen.

          • Bill

            I exchange private info yo………What’s thee difference?

          • Jim Scotts

            Sorry Bill, I can’t fix Stupid! You obviously think that you know better and are unwilling to open your mind and learn. Instead, you would rather sit and criticize probably because deep down you’re an insecure man.

    • Jim Scotts

      You sir are rather ignorant! Police do traffic enforcement to reduce crashes. Speed in crashes equals serious injury or death. When cars crash at 60 mph rather then 35 the end result is rather traumatic. Now you suggest they’re keeping themselves in a job? It’s idiots like you that do that on a daily basis by beating your spouses, driving drunk, crashing cars, stealing and the tons of other crimes that take place on a daily basis. Pull your head out of your A–!

      • BobMacGuffie

        There’s nothing life threatening (including wife-beating) going on at 6am on a weekday under the overpass on Unquawa Rd…………….

        • Jim Scotts

          You’re an expert on what is going on at 6am? You’re probably still in bed.