Norwalk Police Step Up DUI Enforcement

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Additional Norwalk police officers will patrol the city through the holidays in search of drunk drivers. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch

NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Police Department will add patrols starting Thursday in an effort to reduce the number of driving under the influence incidents through the holidays, officials announced.

The extra patrols will be stationed throughout the city during the week and on weekends, and they will be paid for through a grant from the state Department of Transportation, according to Sgt. Lisa Cotto. The amount of the grant, which pays for overtime for officers to staff the patrols, was not disclosed.

Additionally, Cotto did not disclose the streets officers will patrol, in part because the department does not want to tip off drivers, and because the initiative does not involve designated roadblocks.

Cotto said that the number of drunk-driving incidents often increases during the holidays, and the department hopes that the added patrols will reduce the number of “crashes, injuries and fatalities.”

“We are committed to keeping our streets safe and drunk drivers off the roads,” Cotto said.

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BLUETEEZ1313:

It's called multiple departments, Tim T. The Detective Bureau is on the investigative side of things and the patrol officers are doing just that....patroling to keep people safe. Cut them some slack. Friday night, I was hit by a drunk driver. Thankfully, no serious injuries to anyone and minimal damage to my vehicle, but nonetheless, it was scary. The police responded in a timely manner and handled the situation with the utmost professionalism. I hope you and your loved ones are safe this Holiday Season.

Tim T:

Maybe they should worry more about the shootings killings and armed robberies in Norwalk....ALL UNSOLVED..
Including the armed Robbery in East Norwalk just yesterday.

politricks:

i hope they also pull over those drivers who r using cell phones while driving . i am tired of being distracted by watching distracted drivers to make sure i stay a good distance away from them !!!

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