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Police To Ramp Up Roving Patrols, Sobriety Checkpoint Over Holiday Weekend

Police are ramping up efforts for Memorial Day Weekend.
Police are ramping up efforts for Memorial Day Weekend. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

With one of the busiest driving weekends of the year fast approaching, local and state law enforcement agencies in Connecticut have plans to ramp up special enforcement details during the Memorial Day Weekend holiday.

Police will be out in force during Memorial Day Weekend, targeting everything from motorists traveling too fast or while impaired, to those not wearing seatbelts or violating vehicle and traffic laws.

Police said that they will use laser units for speed enforcement in both marked and unmarked cars during the holiday, including some in non-police vehicles, officials noted. State Police troopers will also participate in the national Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) program in an effort to “join state police agencies across the country to enhance safety in all states. Motorists are reminded to expect heavy traffic, exercise caution and allow extra time to reach their destination.”

“Good driving skills and patience are essential to avoiding tragedies on Connecticut’s highways,” police officials noted. “The enforcement efforts of our Troopers – along with drivers who follow state law – are vital to maintaining danger-free roads for drivers and passengers.”

During the holiday weekend, there will be roving patrols and sobriety checkpoints set up throughout the state. Last year, during Memorial Day Weekend, police busted 31 drunk drivers, charged 719 motorists with speeding, 668 with seatbelt violations, and 2658 with Moving Violations. In addition, Troopers investigated 302 motor vehicle crashes, 48 with injury and 2 fatal (resulting in 3 fatalities. 5/26 – double fatality I -91 southbound exit 24 and 5/27 Rte. 5/15 southbound exit 57).

The scheduled patrols and checkpoints that have been announced include:

May 25:

  • Route 67 at the intersection of Mountain Road in Oxford;
  • Route 8 Corridor between exit 37 in Watertown to exit 42 in Harwinton, Routes 6 & 64 in Woodbury, Routes 202 & 254 in Litchfield, Routes 7 & 341 in Kent, Routes 63 & 109 in Morris, Routes 45 & 47 in Washington,
  • Routes 132 & 61 in Bethlehem, Route 4 in Burlington and Route 72 Harwinton;
  • Interstates 91 and 95 and Route 34 in greater New Haven patrol area;
  • Route 8 in towns of Shelton, Ansonia and Derby;
  • Interstate 95 and Route 9 in towns of Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, Essex, Chester, Deep River, Haddam and Killingworth.

May 26:

  • Interstate 95 and Routes 8 and 25 in the Bridgeport, Stratford, Trumbull patrol area;
  • Interstate 84 in greater Danbury and Southbury areas;
  • Route 8 Corridor between exit 37 in Watertown to exit 42 in Harwinton, Routes 6 & 64 in Woodbury, Routes 202 & 254 in Litchfield, Routes 7 & 341 in Kent, Routes 63 & 109 in Morris, Routes 45 & 47 in Washington,
  • Routes 132 & 61 in Bethlehem, Route 4 in Burlington and Route 72 Harwinton;
  • Route 8 Limited Access Highway and Route 44 in Winsted, Barkhamsted and New Hartford;
  • Interstates 84 and 91 within greater Troop H patrol area;
  • Interstate 91 in the area of Interstate 691 in Meriden;
  • Interstate 95 and Route 9 in towns of Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, Essex, Chester, Deep River, Haddam and Killingworth.

May 27:

  • Interstate 95 in Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich and Route 7 in the Norwalk area;
  • Interstate 84 in greater Danbury and Southbury areas;
  • Route 8 Corridor between exit 37 in Watertown to exit 42 in Harwinton, Routes 6 & 64 in Woodbury, Routes 202 & 254 in Litchfield, Routes 7 & 341 in Kent, Routes 63 & 109 in Morris, Routes 45 & 47 in Washington,
  • Routes 132 & 61 in Bethlehem, Route 4 in Burlington and Route 72 Harwinton;
  • Routes 7 and 44 in North Canaan, Falls Village and Norfolk;
  • Interstate 84 Hartford eastbound and westbound exit 46 on-ramp;
  • Interstates 84 and 91 within greater Troop H patrol area;
  • Route 15 in towns of Hamden and New Haven;
  • Interstate 95 and Route 9 in towns of Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, Essex, Chester, Deep River, Haddam and Killingworth.

May 28:

  • Route 15 (Merritt Parkway) from New York State Line to the Sikorsky Bridge;
  • Route 8 Corridor between exit 37 in Watertown to exit 42 in Harwinton, Routes 6 & 64 in Woodbury, Routes 202 & 254 in Litchfield, Routes 7 & 341 in Kent, Routes 63 & 109 in Morris, Routes 45 & 47 in Washington,
  • Routes 132 & 61 in Bethlehem, Route 4 in Burlington and Route 72 Harwinton;
  • Routes 44, 202 and 219 in Torrington, New Hartford, Barkhamsted;
  • Interstates 84 and 91 within greater Troop H patrol area;
  • Interstates 84 and 91 within greater Troop H patrol area;
  • Interstate 91 in towns of New Haven and North Haven;
  • Interstate 95 and Route 9 in towns of Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, Essex, Chester, Deep River, Haddam and Killingworth.

May 29:

  • Interstates 84 and 91 within greater Troop H patrol area.

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