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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut State Police will be targeting tailgating motorists on highways in an effort to reduce accidents and what they call "aggressive driving habits."

Troopers say the campaign called "Stop Tailgating, You're Too Close" will run throughout March on limited-access highways in the areas of Hartford, New Haven, Meriden, Middletown and Old Saybrook. That includes interstates 84, 91, 95 and 691 and routes 8, 9 and 15.

State police say tailgating is an aggressive driving behavior and the leading cause of accidents.

Authorities say about 40 percent of all accidents in central Connecticut last year were caused by drivers following others too closely.

Tailgating carries a $132 fine in the state.

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