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New Canaan Police To Set Up DUI Checkpoint

New Canaan police will be looking to stop drunk drivers during the week of the Fourth of July by setting up a DUI checkpoint.
New Canaan police will be looking to stop drunk drivers during the week of the Fourth of July by setting up a DUI checkpoint. Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — The New Canaan Police Department will have DUI checkpoint set up in town for the week of the Fourth of July.

Sgt. Carol Ogrinc would not specify where the checkpoint will be or when it will be set up. She did say there will be proper notification for drivers. 

A news release from the  Police Department had the following statistics from the National Traffic Safety Administration from 2010:

? Nationally there were 10,228 fatalities in crashes involving a driver with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher – 31 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year.

? An average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 51 minutes. 

? The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was four times higher at night than during the day (37 percent versus 9 percent).

? 16 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes during the week were alcohol-impaired, compared to 31 percent on weekends.

? In fatal crashes the highest percentage of drivers with a BAC level of .08 or higher was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (34 percent), followed by ages 25 to 34 (30 percent).

? In Connecticut there were 319 traffic fatalities. Of those, 43 percent were alcohol-related and 38 percent of those drivers had a BAC of .08 percent or higher.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation, Office of Transportation Safety will help fund the department’s effort, the release said.

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