The Berlin Police Department has obtained a grant from the Connecticut Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Division to support increased DUI detection and enforcement efforts. This enforcement program will run from July through September 2020. The grant provides 100 percent reimbursement of the overtime costs related to these efforts. The grant will help to provide funding to staff roadside sobriety checkpoints.
Roadside sobriety checkpoints have been shown to be the most effective method to detect and apprehend under the influence drivers.
Roving DUI patrols will also be conducted throughout this grant period. These patrols will specifically target impaired operators, but enforcement of other violations observed during the course of this effort will also take place.
The purpose of these patrols and checkpoints is to reduce motor vehicle crashes and injuries related to DUI drivers and to help provide safe travel.
As a part of this program, DUI sobriety checkpoints will be conducted during the evening hours on July 17 and 31, Aug. 21 and Sept. 4. The checkpoints will be set up on the Berlin Turnpike south of Deming Road.