State police set up DUI checkpoints, extra patrols

As summer comes to an end and Labor Day approaches, the Connecticut State Police are taking preventative measures against drunk driving by adding extra patrol cars and DUI checkpoints throughout the state over the next week.

With many schools around the state starting either this week or next, the cops believe that this effort will help push to continue a safe summer driving campaign that started back in late June.

According to a release, the extra state troopers will be on patrol between Thursday, Aug. 27 and Wednesday, Sept. 2 with the expectation that more drivers will be on the roads due to school and last minute vacations.

Colonel Brian Meraviglia, the commanding officer of the Connecticut State Police, said that additional officers are standing by to eliminate dangerous drivers from the state's roads and highways.

“As the summer season ends, Troopers will be especially vigilant to find and remove drunk drivers, as well as those who defy the cell phone prohibition," he said. "Both of these violations are illegal and dangerous to all who travel our roadways.”

State cops are also telling drivers to buckle up and avoid distractions behind the wheel.

Here are some local areas where there will be additional reinforcements over the next week:

  • Interstate 95 in areas of Greenwich, Norwalk, Westport, Stratford, Milford and Branford (State Police Troop G); from Thursday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Aug. 30.

  • Greater Danbury, Brookfield and the greater Waterbury area on Interstate 84 and Routes 7 and 8 Troop A patrol areas; from Thursday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Aug. 30.

  • Greater Danbury and Waterbury areas on Interstate 84 and Routes 7 and 8 within Troop A patrol areas; from Saturday, Aug. 29, through Wednesday, Sept. 2.