State Police to crackdown on dui, dd and speed this weekend
With a long holiday weekend approaching state police are ramping up patrols on all the major highways beginning Thursday to crack down on speeding, seat belt violations as well as impaired and distracted drivers.
State Police Col. George Battle expects that with the bright, warm weather forecasts state highways will be jammed with motorists out to celebrate the summer’s final holiday by traveling to beaches and parties.
He said troopers in marked and unmarked vehicles will be focusing on drunk driving, speeding, seat belt violations, and distracted driving starting Thursday.
“Troopers will man sobriety checkpoints, increase roving patrols and utilize the State Police Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit (BAT Mobile),” announced Battle, who is the deputy commissioner of the Public Safety Division.
During the 2017 Labor Day weekend, troopers issued 1,189 tickets for speeding, 46 for seat belt violations and 2,764 tickets for moving violations. They arrested 47 motorists for driving under the influence.
Additionally troopers investigated 529 motor vehicle crashes which included 78 with injuries and one fatal.
But Battle said enforcement will continue into the next week with many children returning to school either by walking or riding a bus.
So he reminded drivers to be vigilant in watching for pedestrians during the before- and after-school hours.
“The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for walking children - over the last decade nationally, nearly one-third of child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 and 7 p.m.,” Battle said.
State law makes it mandatory drivers stop for school buses flashing their red warning lights to indicate a child is getting on or off.
“Failure to obey this law not only puts our children at great risk, but it carries a hefty penalty for drivers,” Battle said. “Fines for passing a school bus that has its flashing red warning lights activated start at $465 for a first offense.”
He asks that those partying this weekend designate a driver or call someone to take them home. Anyone who suspects a driver is impared should immediately call 911.
Battle released the following schedule:
DUI/Sobriety Checkpoint - Saturday, September 1, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., in the Town of Ellington on Route 83 in the area on Meadowview Plaza, 175 Route 83.
DUI and Motor Vehicle Enforcement Roving patrols - Thursday, August 30th through Monday, September 3, 2018 throughout the Troop C patrol area.
DUI/Sobriety Checkpoint - Friday, August 31, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., on the route 34 connector westbound in New Haven. This will be conducted along with the State Police Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile.
DUI and Motor Vehicle Enforcement Roving patrols -
Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., on I-95, I-91 and Route 34 in the greater New Haven area.
Saturday September 1, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., on I-95, Route 8 and Route 25 in the Bridgeport/Stratford/Trumbull area.
Sunday, September 2, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., on I-95 in the Stamford/Norwalk/Greenwich area and Route 7 in the Norwalk area.
Monday, September 3, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., on Route 15 (Merritt Parkway) from the New York State Line to the Sikorsky Bridge.