State Police Plan DUI Checkpoints During Thanksgiving

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Connecticut State Police troopers will have patrols throughout the state during the Thanksgiving holiday to stop drivers under the influence. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Connecticut State Police are stepping up enforcement measures during the Thanksgiving holiday to thwart incidents of motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and other chemical substances, officials announced Wednesday.

The safety initiative, called Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), will include several vehicle checkpoints with additional state troopers along Connecticut roads and highways.

Beginning Wednesday evening in Fairfield County, patrols will be stationed along Interstate 95 between Stamford and New Haven, and along routes 8 and 25 in Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton.

The added patrols, many of which will be in the department’s non-traditional cars, will remain stationed in those areas through Saturday.

“Thanksgiving eve and day are without any doubt the busiest traffic days of the year,” state police officials said in a statement. “Motorists need to remember, don’t follow too close, slow down, stay off your cell phone and if you drink then don’t drive.”

During the Thanksgiving holiday in 2011, state police arrested 65 people on a charge of driving under the influence, according to officials.

Additionally, troopers investigated 389 car accidents, 50 of which involved injuries and two ended in fatalities. Troopers also issued 1,376 speeding tickets, 417 failure to wear seat belt citations and 2,745 hazardous moving violations.

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Skatonic:

I agree, lets see his criminal record. If you come up with any comment that proves him wrong, he just reverts to name calling.

jeanmarie.wiesen:

Again w/ my cogent comments being deleted. Tax dollars are not wasted if (1) life is saved. Wise up, Tim.

Skatonic:

Yes, Keeping drunk or distracted drivers off the road is a complete waste of tax dollars. Great point. You would think otherwise if your family was killed in a violent wreck because of one. Better to be proactive than reactive on things like this.

Skatonic:

Not really, If your not drunk, what does a DUI checkpoint matter? A couple of minutes of your time? I think it is well worth it if it helps save a few lives. I go through a checkpoint maybe once a year if that at all. It is hardly an inconvenience. Also, putting all caps does not make me understand better.

Skatonic:

I would think that if it was unconstitutional the court system would have made it illegal to do so. In fact, the supreme court, does say the checkpoints are reasonable. Michigan Dept. of State Police v. Sitz, 496 U.S. 444 (1990), was a United States Supreme Court case involving the constitutionality of police sobriety checkpoints. By a vote of 6-3, the Court held that these checkpoints met the Fourth Amendment standard of "reasonable search and seizure." Just because you think it is infringing on your rights, doesn't mean it is. It's your opinion. I am glad you resorted to negative comments, that just shows me the level of your education.

Tim T:

A complete waste of tax dollars

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