State Police Plan Roving DUI Patrols on New Year's Eve

Connecticut state troopers will step up drunk driving enforcement in the greater New Haven area, as well as throughout the rest of the state, for the holiday tonight.

The Connecticut State Police 2012 Holiday enforcement program known as Operation S.A.N.T.A. ends on New Year's Day, but police will be out in force tonight.

DUI enforcement increased dramatically during this holiday season, netting a high number of arrests for driving under the influence, distracted driving, and seatbelt violations as people headed home from holiday parties.

State police troopers have scheduled enhanced DUI enforcement operations on the roads and highways all across Connecticut for Dec. 31.

New Year's Eve DUI Patrols

  • Roving patrols on Interstate 95 between New Haven and Stamford   
  • Roving patrols on Interstate 91 in the Troop I patrol area
  • Routes 8 and 25 between Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton
  • Roving patrols in Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, 165, 214 and Interstates 95 and 395 in the towns of East Lyme, Griswold, Groton, Lisbon, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Preston, Stonington, and Waterford 
  • Roving patrols, on Routes 30, 32, 44, 83, 89, 140, 190, 195 and Interstate 84 in towns of Somers, Ellington, Union, Tolland, Mansfield, Ashford, Willington, and Stafford

Plan Ahead

If you are planning to consume alcohol at a festive event, make plans in advance for a non-drinking driver to bring you home. If you spot a suspected drunk driver, call 911 and report it to the police.  

Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection Commissioner Reuben F. Bradford noted, “Our State Troopers will be working to save lives and keep all of our roads and highways safe. Remember that mixing alcohol with driving any vehicle is a dangerous combination for everyone and is illegal in Connecticut.”

Bob Fawkes December 31, 2012 at 12:35 PM
The State of Connecticut is low on revenue. It's revenue generating agents will be out in full force, protecting us from ourselves. Get mouthy with some check point cop wasting your time and expect a ticket and fine for that pine tree air freshener hanging from your rearview mirror. Welcome to the police state, Comrades.
Michelle Petroccio December 31, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Jacabo, have you ever been the victim of a drunk driver? Then shut up!
Jacobo Arnez December 31, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Jacabo is ALWAYS the victim of a drunk driver. He drinks profusely and beats himself repeatedly about the head with a hammer while behind the wheel of his car. Hence the major STUPIDITY he suffers from. LOL
RICHARD ANTHONY SATTANNI January 01, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Ihave been the victim in 5 car wrecks due to a drunk driver hitting my -car-----.WE need tougher drunk driving laws.I think a drunk driver should be given at least 120 days in jail,impound the car,charge $100.00 per day storage fee and the loss permanently of their license.Also rehab and probation for a minimum for 1 year.I live in CONNECTICUT and feel the state is too lenient.Lets'get tough,make our state a safer place to live..


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