Sobriety Checkpoint Nets Many Offenders

The information below was provided by the Newtown Police Department.


Sgt. John Cole of the Newtown Police wrote that on September 7, from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m., Sept 8, Newtown Police held a sobriety check point on Wasserman Way near exit ramp 11 in Newtown. 

The check point was manned by eight officers and one supervisor from the Newtown Police Department as well as five troopers and one supervisor from the Connecticut State Police.  Both lanes of traffic were stopped.  Each driver that passed through the checkpoint was briefly interviewed to determine if they had taken any drugs or alcohol prior to driving. 

Five motorists were charged with DUI.  Newtown officers issued 34  infractions for various motor vehicle offenses including:

  • Not wearing a seatbelt
  • Using a cell phone while driving
  • Unregistered motor vehicle
  • Possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana.

A stolen car was also recovered.

The checkpoint was funded by a 2012 DOT Grant which reimburses Newtown 75 percent of overtime costs. 

Siwanoy September 13, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Mr. Reda, With all due respect, DUI check points aren't for determining if someone is driving without insurance or with faulty brake lights, the reason they are done is to catch people who under the influence of legal and illegal drugs. Setting up a check point for a DUI is one thing, setting up a check point for brake lights and insurance compliance is a waste of taxpayers money, they can just have a squad car on the side of the road running peoples plates as they drive by or observing the cars brake lights as they go by.
yoda September 13, 2012 at 09:03 PM
yoda September 13, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Hound Dog, were all in this together, although manners are important! Thanks
yoda September 13, 2012 at 09:17 PM
When I was a young creature my mother was hit head on by a drunk driver, while she was coming home from christmas shopping. It took her two months in the hospital to recover! I don't think she was ever the same after that! To All POLICE OFFICERS out there GO AND GET EM!!!!
Da Face! October 12, 2012 at 03:29 PM
As a retired (NY) Police Officer, I will state that I do have an issue or two with the NPD, but DWI checkpoints are NOT one of them. The purpose of these checkpoints, for you uneducated people with superior knowledge of police work, is not to catch drunk drivers, (although this is an "extra" benefit), but to keep the public guessing. If you know that checkpoints are performed periodically, then you are much less likely to drive drunk at ANY time. In other words, a checkpoint today can keep the drunk next week from getting behind the wheel of his car....thereby providing the community with far more protection than the actual 3-6 hour checkpoint. They are useful TOOLS used for PUBLIC SAFETY......not to catch a drunk or two!


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