Stay Safe! Connecticut State Police Announce Labor Day Weekend Checkpoints
Labor Day weekend is the last big party weekend before Summer "ends" and school begins. Your last chance to celebrate the Summer of 2022 and Connecticut's State Police want to help you do it safely.
According to the Patch, Connecticut State Police have announced some sobriety checkpoints that will go up to help reduce drunk driving over the weekend. First, what are sobriety checkpoints, and are they legal? After a quick Google search, Pat Brown, a lawyer, answers the 3 most common questions about Connecticut DUI checkpoints. From their website:
1. What Is a DUI Checkpoint?
A DUI or sobriety checkpoint is a selected and publicized location where law enforcement officers stop drivers (every driver or a neutral pattern) to detect impairment and prevent alcohol-related accidents, deaths, and injuries...
2. Are DUI Checkpoints Legal in Connecticut?
Yes. In 1996, Connecticut Appellate Court ruled that sobriety checkpoints are constitutionally permissible. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1990 that sobriety checkpoints do not violate the 4th Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, allowing each state to decide their individual constitutionality. Since then, 38 States (including Connecticut) and the District of Columbia have authorized sobriety checkpoints...
3. Where Are DUI Checkpoints in Connecticut?
DUI Checkpoints are hard to miss when you come upon them - strobing lights, multiple law enforcement vehicles, crawling traffic, visible signage and sometimes even a large trailer. Here are some other possible alerts to an upcoming checkpoint:
Local News - Internet Search - Traffic Apps - Social Media.
They give more information about each, but you get the idea. The Patch goes on to let everyone know where the DUI Checkpoints will be. One will be from 6 pm Sunday till 2 am Monday at the merge of I-91 northbound near exit 16 and Route 15 northbound exit 67 in Meriden.
Another checkpoint announced is in New Haven, Monday into Tuesday at the I-91 exit 3 on and off ramps near Orange Street. This one will be from 8:30 pm Monday till Tuesday at 3:30 am.
In addition to these checkpoints, the state police will be in full force to ensure the highways are safe from drunk drivers this holiday weekend. Please be safe, don't drink and drive, but if you do drink, have someone else drive, plan ahead, you know, the whole responsible adult thing. Thanks for hanging out and see you again real soon.