In an effort to prevent drunken-driving accidents during Memorial Day weekend, the Fairfield Police Department and the Connecticut State Police will be setting up a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in town. The checkpoint will run from 8 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. on Saturday.
The police will also be checking to make sure drivers and passengers are wearing seatbelts. State Police will also have roving patrols on Interstate 95 and other state highways throughout the weekend enforcing traffic laws and preventing drunk driving. The patrols will include unmarked and non-traditional police vehicles and the State Police Aviation Unit.
In the past we have seen several tragedies involving youths and motor vehicles. These accidents remind us to pause and reflect on how important good driving skills and the actions of drivers can be, said Col. Thomas Davoren, commander of the State Police said. We are anticipating that increased awareness by motorists and enforcement efforts by Connecticut State Troopers will help to increase safety and provide us with a safe Memorial Day weekend.
In 2009 the State Police reported there were 257 accidents, 47 with injuries (two fatal), 64 DUI arrests, 1,499 seatbelt tickets issued and 1,056 speeding tickets issued across the state.
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