The Berlin Police Department has obtained a grant from the Connecticut Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Division to support increased DUI detection and enforcement efforts.
As part of this program a DUI sobriety checkpoint will be conducted on the evening of Thursday August 9, 2012. The checkpoint will be set up on the Berlin Turnpike.
This enforcement program will run from Thanksgiving 2011 through Labor Day 2012. The grant provides 75 percent reimbursement of the overtime costs related to these efforts. The grant will help to provide funding to staff additional DUI patrols as well as roadside sobriety checkpoints. Roadside sobriety checkpoints have been shown to be the most effective method to detect and apprehend under the influence drivers.
Additional DUI patrols will be conducted on Wednesday through Saturday nights through on selected dates and times during the coming year. These patrols will specifically target DUI operation but will also enforce any other violations observed during the course of this operation.
The purpose of these patrols and checkpoints is to reduce accidents and injuries related to DUI drivers and help provide safe travel.