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Connecticut State Police Patch STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2008
                        CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE 2008 LABOR DAY
                                    ENFORCEMENT OPERATION UNDERWAY

The Connecticut State Police today announced initial arrest results for the 2008 crackdown on impaired driving currently under way. The national Drunk Driving: Over the Limit,Under Arrest crackdown, which launched on August 15, includes the use of sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols, especially during high-risk nighttime hours.

“State Troopers have made 966 drunk driving arrests since Memorial Day 2008 in support of the national crackdown,” said Colonel Thomas Davoren. “The campaign continues through the Labor Day weekend and Connecticut State Troopers will be out in full force to help remove impaired drivers off local roads and highways.”

Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher is illegal in all 50 States. Yet in 2006 alone, nearly 13,500 people were killed in U.S. motor vehicle crashes that involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a BAC of .08 or higher, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“It’s clear that too many people still don’t understand that impaired driving is no accident — nor is it a victimless crime,” noted Public Safety Commissioner John A. Danaher III. “So our message to motorists is simple and unwavering: if you get caught driving while impaired, you will be arrested. No exceptions.”

Voluntary compliance by motorists to not drink and drive is the goal of the Connecticut State Police as summer enforcement continues and as the Labor Day holiday approaches.  We also need the public’s help:  If you see a SUSPECTED drunk driver, report it to police immediately, as this is a true emergency.  Help us to make Labor Day 2008 the safest holiday this year.

During the Labor Day weekend in 2007, Connecticut State Police issued 1,334 speeding tickets, 411 seatbelt violations, 1,315 other hazardous moving violations, and made 52 drunk driving arrests.  State Police investigated 361 accidents, 71 with injury and 3 fatalities.

The following checkpoints will be in effect during Labor Day weekend:

DISTRICT/TROOP                     DATE:                      CHECKPOINT LOCATION:

        WESTERN

                 B                      08/29/08          Roving Patrols - Route 44

                                                                  Winsted

                                                                  New Hartford

                                                                  Barkhamsted

                                                               Roving Patrols - Route 8

                                                                  Colebrook

                                                                  Winsted

                                                                  Torrington

                                         08/30/08          Roving Patrols - Route 44

                                                                  Winsted

                                                                  New Hartford

                                                                  Barkhamsted

                                                               Roving Patrols - Route 8

                                                                  Colebrook

                                                                  Winsted

                                                                  Torrington

                                         08/31/08          Roving Patrols - Route 44

                                                                  Winsted

                                                                  New Hartford

                                                                  Barkhamsted

                                                               Roving Patrols - Route 8

                                                                  Colebrook

                                                                  Winsted

                                                                  Torrington

                                         09/01/08          Roving Patrols - Route 44 

                                                                  Winsted

                                                                  New Hartford

                                                                  Barkhamsted

                                                               Roving Patrols - Route 8

                                                                  Colebrook

                                                                  Winsted

                                                                  Torrington

                                    08/29/08          Roving Patrols - Route 8

                                                               to the town limits of

                                                               Watertown

                                                               Harwinton

                                                               Litchfield

                                                               Thomaston

     G                      08/29/08          Sobriety Checkpoint

                                                     Intersection of I-95 N/B,

                                                     Exit 24 and Kings Highway

                                                     Fairfield

                    A                     08/30/08         Sobriety Checkpoint

                                                               Route 37, Saw Mill Road,

                                                               New Fairfield

    CENTRAL

               H                     09/01/08          Roving Patrols

                                                              I-91 Windsor to Middletown

                                                              I-84 Manchester to Southington

                                                              Route 9 Cromwell to Middletown

      I                    08/29/08          Sobriety Checkpoint

                                                    I-91 entrance ramp from 

                                                    Willow Street/Blatchley Avenue,

                                                    New Haven

               F                    08/30/08          Sobriety Checkpoint

                                                              Route 66, Middlefield

                                                             Routes 147 and 157

                                                              Middlefield & Durham

Old Lyme Res. Tpr. Office    08/31/08          Sobriety Checkpoint

                                                              Route 156 at I-95 on-ramp

                                                              Old Lyme

       EASTERN

               D                     08/29/08          Sobriety Checkpoint

                                                               Kennedy Drive, east of

                                                               Sunset Avenue, Putnam

                                                            Sobriety Checkpoint

                                                               Route 44 (Providence Pike)

                                                               & Mary Crest Drive, Putnam

           

               C                     09/01/08          Sobriety Checkpoint

                                                              Intersection of Route 195

                                                              and Route 44, Storrs

               E                    08/30/08          Roving Patrols

                                                             Route 2A, between

                                                             Routes 12 and 2, Preston

      K                     08/30/08         Sobriety Checkpoint

                                                   Route 149 and Nichols Road,

                                                   East Haddam. This is in

                                                   conjunction with the

                                                   Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile.

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