Grant Funding Supporting Ongoing DUI Enforcement Efforts
After a 2012-13 grant helped show considerable reductions in DUI arrests and activity, the Berlin police Department will continue work moving forward to make sure residents make safe decisions – including a checkpoint this week.
Moving forward, the department will be conducting random checkpoints and roving
patrols, with the first coming this week on Thursday and Friday evening, the
department said in a press release on Monday.
“The purpose of these patrols and checkpoints is to reduce accidents and
injuries related to DUI drivers and help provide safe travel,” Klett said.
“As part of this program DUI sobriety checkpoints will be conducted on the evenings
of Thursday Sept. 12 and Friday Sept.13, 2013. The checkpoints will be set up
on the Berlin Turnpike south of Deming Road.”
are done in conjunction with grant extensions recently received from the
Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Division. The
division provided a grant, funding 75 percent of costs for the checkpoints,
from Thanksgiving 2012 through Labor Day 2013. That grant has been extended,
DUI patrols will be conducted on Wednesday through Saturday nights through on
selected dates and times during the coming year, he said. These patrols will
specifically target DUI operation but will also enforce any other violations
observed during the course of this operation.
“Roadside sobriety checkpoints have been shown to be the most effective method
to detect and apprehend under the influence drivers.” Klett said.
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