FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – If you head out on any of the state’s highways this weekend, look out for Connecticut’s state troopers.
Connecticut State Police will have “roving patrols” and DUI checkpoints across the state for the entire Fourth of July weekend.
“Connecticut drivers can help State Troopers keep our highways safe by setting an example,” state police Commander Col. Danny R. Stebbins said in a press release. “Drive the speed limit, don’t drink alcohol and drive, and immediately report suspected drunk drivers to police by calling 911, as this is a true emergency.”
During the 2012 Independence Day weekend, the State Police made 45 DUI arrests and responded to 323 motor vehicle crashes, including 41 with injuries. They also issued 1,059 tickets for speeding, 152 for a lack of a seatbelt and 2,096 other moving violations.
This year the state police have a new device to catch speeders. State troopers will place laser-powered speed measuring units at strategic locations across state highways to find drivers going over the speed limit.
“Set the example by obeying all traffic laws, including the speed limit,” Emergency Services & Public Protection Commissioner Reuben F. Bradford said in a press release.
Each troop of the state police has a different plan for Dui enforcement. In southern Fairfield County, Troop G (based in Bridgeport) will have added “roving patrols” on Interstate 95 between New Haven and Stamford and on Routes 8 and 25 between Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton.
Northern Fairfield County’s Troop A and the Danbury Police plan to set up a DUI checkpoint at the Interstate 84 off-ramps at Lake Avenue and Lake Avenue extension on July 4. Troop A will also do roving patrols along I-84 and other highways in the Greater Danbury area on July 5-7.
For the full list of patrol plans at the Connecticut State Police website.