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State Police DUI Checkpoints, Roving Patrols This Holiday Season

Operation SANTA will take place throughout the holiday season.

The Connecticut State Police launched the 2011 holiday enforcement program in an attempt to save lives and prevent injury as the Christmas and New Year's Eve holiday season approaches.

Operation S.A.N.T.A. — Stop Another Needless Tragic Accident — is the major holiday accident and injury prevention message from the Connecticut State Police.

This Combined Accident Reduction Effort, or C.A.R.E., involves all state Police Departments across the U.S. The focus of this enforcement will be on the behaviors that most frequently causes accident.

Enforcement will also attempt to rid the roads and highways of drivers who drive under the influence, speed, use cell phones and fail to wear seat belts.

Police DUI enforcement will increase dramatically during this holiday season, according to a press release from Lt. Paul Vance.

Lt. Vance and state police are seeking to remind partygoers about the importance of designating a non-drinking driver.

"Our state troopers are trying to save lives and keep all of our roads and highways safe,"said Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Reuben Bradford. "Remember, mixing alcohol with driving a any vehicle is a dangerous combination for everyone, and illegal in our state."

No one looks forward to spending time in a jail cell, a hospital or something worse during the holidays. Troopers are asking the public to joint their effort and make plans in advance for a non-drinking driver to drive home.

If people spot a suspected drunk driver, police ask them to call 911 and report it to the police.

"This is a true emergency," the press release stated.

State police troopers have scheduled DUI sobriety checkpoints and enhanced DUI enforcement operations on the roads and highways all across Connecticut

The location of the trooper offices is available on the Connecticut State Police website.

Tuesday, Dec. 20: Roving Patrols

  • Routes 7 and 8 and Interstate 84 in the Troop A patrol area
  • Interstate 95 between New Haven and Stamford
  • Routes 8 and 25 between Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton
  • Roving patrols on Route 6 in Windham

Wednesday, Dec. 21Roving Patrols

  • Routes 4, 7, 8, 118, and 202 in the Troop L patrol area
  • Routes 7 and 8 and Interstate 84 in the Troop A patrol area
  • Roving Patrols Routes 8 in Winsted and 44 in New Hartford
  • Interstate 95 between New Haven and Stamford
  • Routes 8 and 25 between Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton
  • Route 2 in Marlborough

Thursday, Dec. 22: Roving Patrols

  • Routes 4, 7, 8, 118, and 202 in the Troop L patrol area
  • Routes 7 and 8 and Interstate 84 in the Troop A patrol area
  • Roving Patrols Routes 8 in Winsted and 44 in New Hartford
  • Interstate 95 between New Haven and Stamford
  • Routes 8 and 25 between Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton
  • Route 8 in the Troop I patrol area
  • Routes 1, 153 and 156 in the Troop F patrol area
  • Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395 in towns of  Killingly, Brooklyn, Thompson, Woodstock, Chaplin, Hampton, Eastford, Sterling, Putnam, and Pomfret
  • Route 6 in Bolton

Thursday, Dec. 22: DUI Sobriety Checkpoint

  • Route 66, east of Higby Road in Middlefield in conjunction with the Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit

Friday, Dec. 23: Roving Patrols

  • Roving Patrols Routes 8 in Winsted and 44 in New Hartford
  • Interstate 95 between New Haven and Stamford
  • Routes 8 and 25 between Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton
  • Interstates 91 and 691 in the Troop I patrol area
  • Routes 17 and 66 in the Troop F patrol area
  • Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395 in towns of  Killingly, Brooklyn, Thompson, Woodstock, Chaplin, Hampton, Eastford, Sterling, Putnam, and Pomfret
  • Route 2 in Bozrah

Friday, Dec. 23: DUI Sobriety Checkpoint

  • East Hartford Police Department and the Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit
  • Shaker Road in the area of Route 190 in Somers in conjunction with the Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit

Saturday, Dec. 24: Roving Patrols

  • Interstate 95 between New Haven and Stamford
  • Routes 8 and 25 between Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton

Sunday, Dec. 25: Roving Patrols

  • Interstate 95 between New Haven and Stamford
  • Routes 8 and 25 between Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton

Monday, Dec. 26: Roving Patrols

  • Interstate 95 between New Haven and Stamford
  • Routes 8 and 25 between Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton
  • Interstates 91 and 691 in the Troop I patrol area

Tuesday, Dec. 27: Roving Patrols

  • Routes 4, 7, 8, 118, and 202 in the Troop L patrol area
  • Interstate 95 between New Haven and Stamford
  • Routes 8 and 25 between Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton
  • Route 15 and Interstate 691 in the Troop I patrol area
  • Route 66 in Columbia

Wednesday, Dec. 28: Roving Patrols

  • Routes 4, 7, 8, 118, and 202 in the Troop L patrol area
  • Routes 7 and 8 and Interstate 84 in the Troop A patrol area
  • Routes 8 in Winsted and 44 in New Hartford
  • Interstate 95 between New Haven and Stamford
  • Routes 8 and 25 between Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton
  • Interstate 95 and Route 9 in the Troop F patrol area
  • Route 2 in Colchester

Thursday, Dec. 29: Roving Patrols

  • Routes 7 and 8 and Interstate 84 in the Troop A patrol area
  • Interstates 84 and 91 in Troop H patrol area, including but not limited Hartford, East Hartford and Manchester
  • Routes 8 in Winsted and 44 in New Hartford
  • Interstate 95 between New Haven and Stamford
  • Routes 8 and 25 between Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton
  • Route 8 in the Troop I patrol area
  • Route 154 in the Troop F patrol area
  • Routes 30, 31, 32, 44, 74, 83, 89, 190, 195, 275 and Interstate 84 in towns of Somers, Stafford, Mansfield, Tolland,  Ashford, Willington, Union and Vernon
  • Routes 2, 2A, 32, 97, 138,163, 201 and Interstates 95 and 395 in the towns of Montville, Preston, Ledyard and North Stonington, Sprague, Lisbon, Griswold, Voluntown, East Lyme, Waterford, New London and Groton

Friday, Dec. 30: Roving Patrols

  • Routes 4, 7, 8, 118, and 202 in the Troop L patrol area
  • Interstates 84 and 91 in Troop H patrol area, including but not limited Hartford, East Hartford and Manchester
  • Routes 7 and 8 and Interstate 84 in the Troop A patrol area
  • Routes 8 in Winsted and 44 in New Hartford
  • Interstate 95 between New Haven and Stamford
  • Routes 8 and 25 between Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton
  • Routes 1,153 and 156 in the Troop F patrol area
  • Routes 30, 31, 32, 44, 74, 83, 89, 190, 195, 275 and Interstate 84 in towns of Somers, Stafford, Mansfield, Tolland,  Ashford, Willington, Union and Vernon
  • Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395 in towns of Killingly, Brooklyn, Thompson, Woodstock, Chaplin, Hampton, Eastford, Sterling, Putnam, and Pomfret
  • Routes 2, 2A, 32, 97, 138,163, 201 and Interstates 95 and 395 in the towns of Montville, Preston, Ledyard and North Stonington, Sprague, Lisbon, Griswold, Voluntown, East Lyme, Waterford, New London, and Groton
  • Route 32 in Franklin

Friday, Dec. 30: DUI Sobriety Checkpoint

  • Interstate 91 exit #6 on ramp in conjunction with the Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit

Saturday, Dec. 31: Roving Patrols

  • Interstates 84 and 91 in Troop H patrol area, including but not limited to Hartford, East Hartford and Manchester
  • Interstate 95 between New Haven and Stamford
  • Routes 8 and 25 between Bridgeport, Trumbull and Shelton
  • Route 15 and Interstate 91 in the Troop I patrol area 

Saturday, Dec. 31: Roving Patrols

  • Routes 17 and 66 in the Troop F patrol area
  • Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395 in towns of  Killingly, Brooklyn, Thompson, Woodstock, Chaplin, Hampton, Eastford, Sterling, Putnam, and Pomfret
  • Routes 2, 2A, 32, 97, 138,163, 201 and Interstates 95 and 395 in the towns of Montville, Preston, Ledyard and North Stonington, Sprague, Lisbon, Griswold, Voluntown, East Lyme, Waterford, New London, and Groton

Saturday, Dec. 31: DUI Sobriety Checkpoint

  • Intersection of Route 85 and 16 in Colchester in conjunction with the Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit

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