Heading for a night on the town this Saturday? Be careful driving back into Branford. The town’s sobriety cops will be out in force on Dec. 1 from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.
They will be conducting DUI checks on Route 1 during those hours. Exactly where they will be stationed they aren’t saying but last year they set up check points in and around the area of Business Park Drive, near Exit 56 off I-95.
Capt. Geoffrey Morgan said anyone failing the sobriety test will be arrested immediately. The stats show that 50 percent of all DUI crashes occur during the weekend days of Friday through Sunday, he said. And 80 percent of fatally injured drunk drivers died during the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., the time the Branford cops will be on the roads.
In recent years, Connecticut’s alcohol related fatalities have been higher (51 percent) than the national average (38 percent) and slightly above (41 percent) in the other New England states.
This initiative, partially funded by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, is designed to target drunk drivers, reduce alcohol induced accidents and increase the safety of the state’s highways and roads during the holiday season.