New Britain police will set up DUI checkpoint on Saturday

Published on Tuesday, 9 July 2019 19:40
Written by Charles Paullin


NEW BRITAIN – New Britain police will be conducting their second DUI checkpoint as part of a grant from the Connecticut Department of Transportation Highway Safety Division.

The checkpoint will be Saturday night on Martin Luther King Drive between East Main and North streets, the same location of the first one in June, according to a release from the department.

The grant helps provide the funding to staff the additional DUI patrols as well as roadside sobriety checkpoints, the latter of which have been shown to be the most effective method to detect and apprehend motor vehicle operators who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, the release said.

The enforcement program began in January and runs through September and additional DUI patrols will be conducted on Thursday and Friday evening along with selected times during the grant period, the release continued. The patrols will specifically target DUI operation, but other violations observed during the course of the program may also be enforced.

“The purpose of these patrols and checkpoints is to reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes and related injuries caused by DUI operators and to help provide safe travels for all motorists,” the release said.

Additional inquiries can be directed to Sgt. Steven King at 860-826-3071.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Tuesday, 9 July 2019 19:40. Updated: Tuesday, 9 July 2019 19:42.