With the sobering reminder that 254 people were killed on Connecticut roads this year, state troopers and local police will ramp up enforcement during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The goal is to keep our roads safe and prevent that deadly number from rising.

State Police said their crackdown begins at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

“Across the state, troopers will patrol roads and highways across Connecticut, and will focus on aggressive drivers, unsafe drivers, and drunk drivers.” state police announced. “Troopers are committed to reducing crashes through preventive enforcement initiatives such as roving DUI patrols.

“Every effort to reduce accidents will be taken; however, Connecticut residents are asked to be a part of the public safety solution by obeying traffic laws: don’t follow too close, drive the speed limit, stay off your cell phone while driving and, if you drink, then please do not drive.”

Connecticut State Police will supplement its normal routine patrol personnel with additional troopers throughout the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

State and local police know that Wednesday - the day before Thanksgiving - is a time many returning college students get together with the friends.

“Residents should remind all young people, especially college students returning home for the holiday weekend, of the laws regarding alcohol consumption and drinking and driving.” state police said in a release.

“If you see a suspected drunk driver, call 911, this is a true emergency.”

State Police have released a list of roving DUI patrols and spot checks will run from approximately 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The list was released because of a 1990 Supreme Court ruling in a case that contested the legality of DUI checkpoints in Michigan. The court ruled that checkpoints were constitutional, but some guidelines announcing where they were planned, were necessary.

Troop G - Bridgeport

Wednesday: I-95, I-91 and Route 34 in the greater New Haven area.

Friday: I-95, Route 8 and Route 25 in the Bridgeport, Stratford, Trumbull area.

Saturday: I-95 in the Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich area, and Route 7 in the Norwalk area.

Sunday: Route 15 (Merritt Parkway) from New York State Line to the Sikorsky Bridge.

Troop I - Bethany

Wednesday to Sunday: DUI/sobriety roving patrols during the late evening hours to early morning hours on Route 15 in the North Haven area, I-91 in the North Haven area, I-691 in Meriden and Route 8 in the Shelton area.

Friday: Troop I will conduct a spot check on I-91 in the area of Exit 6 in New Haven.

Many local departments have already announced a seat belt crackdown in a Click It or Ticket campaign. The crackdown that also includes using a cell phone while driving that began Monday will continue through Nov. 27.

On Tuesday, Stamford police had five officers working from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to look for those violations. Stamford officers issued 36 seat belt violations, three for talking on cell phones, two for texting other asstorted motor vehicle charges.