Connecticut troopers increase DUI patrols, checkpoints
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police have increased the number of patrols specifically designated to find drunk drivers over the holiday weekend.
State police say that through July 7 they will have roving DUI patrols on all of the state’s major highways.
They also will be setting up checkpoints in North Stonington near the state’s two casinos from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday and on Interstate 84 in Hartford from 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday.
During the July Fourth weekend last year, troopers made 38 arrests for drunken driving. They also issued 995 speeding tickets, 2,530 tickets violations such as texting or unsafe lane changes, and 124 seat belt violation tickets.
There were 489 motor vehicle crashes which resulted in 62 injuries and three deaths.