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DUI Checkpoints Finding Fewer DUI Drivers

In the second year of a grant, Berlin police are finding that motorists are becoming wiser about their decisions to drink and drive.

A field sobriety checkpoint along the Berlin Turnpike during the holiday weekend found no violations related to area residents driving under the influence - in fact the trend has steadily continued downward.

For the second time in three weeks, the Berlin Police Department reported no arrests for DUI infractions at checkpoints established on the turnpike near the intersection at Deming Road. With 889 vehicles passing through the latest checkpoint, only 15 were flagged and all were for motor vehicle infractions or misdemeanors.

So with just two DUI arrests at the three previous checkpoints, are trends going down or are residents just wiser to where police may be?

"Roadside sobriety checkpoints have been shown to be the most effective method to detect and apprehend under the influence drivers," said Berlin Deputy Chief John Klett.

While DUIs are down, however, motorists traveling with issues - specifically operating without proper registration - continues to be a problem.

During the latest in a series of traffic stops, police reported the following arrests, infractions and charges:

  • Eleven (11) motorists were cited for operating unregistered motor vehicles.
  • Two (2) motorists were cited for child restraint violations.
  • One (1) motorist was cited for operating without a license.
  • One (1) motorist was cited for failing to obey the posted signage.

This DUI enforcement is funded by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Division to support increased DUI detection and enforcement efforts. This enforcement program runs from November 2013 through September 2014.

This grant provides 75 percent reimbursement of the overtime costs related to these efforts. The grant helps to provide funding to staff additional DUI patrols as well as roadside sobriety checkpoints.

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Joe S December 03, 2013 at 06:09 AM
Stop advertising these checkpoints and probably will catch some drivers under the influence.
chris choinski December 03, 2013 at 11:38 AM
@Joe S, they have to advertise the checkpoints, as well as display certain signage per laws set in place, as well as the 4th amendment.

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