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DUI Checkpoint Scheduled for May 11

Officers from North Central Traffic Team to participate in safety exercise.

The Farmington Police Department will conduct a DUI checkpoint on Friday, May 11 from 6 p.m. through 2 a.m. on Route 4 (Farmington Ave) at Westerberg Drive.The checkpoint will be clearly marked and vehicles will be selected to move through the check lanes on a pre-set basis to ensure objectivity and timeliness.

Our goal is to prevent DUI related serious injury and fatal accidents. Drunk drivers place everyone on the road in danger, and we are working hard to ensure motorists have a safe place to live, work, and drive.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the Connecticut State Department of Transportation. The Farmington Police Department is working in partnership with the North Central Traffic Enforcement Team to educate the community on traffic safety issues and to prevent DUI related traffic accidents.

The North Central Traffic Team consists of the following towns: Avon, Bloomfield, Canton, Farmington, Simsbury, Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks. Each of these team members may have officers participating in the sobriety checkpoint.

From the Farmington Police Department.

Paul Chotkowski May 03, 2012 at 04:33 PM
If you are going to continue to shred the 4th Amendment with the use of random public safety checkpoints designed to monitor and control citizens' movements under the guise of the “state’s interest” in reducing DUI incidents, telling people when and where these efforts will be erected would appear to be contra indicated. At this time and place, no one will be asking you for your “papers” so just become accustomed to yet another state imposed screening [for your own saftey of course] think TSA. Imagine the PC crowd’s outrage if the authorities stopped drivers at state funded checkpoints looking for illegal aliens by asking every 4th car for proof of citizenship - after all being here illegally is against the law isn’t it? Little did Martin Niemöller know, his poem should have started with “First they stopped us looking for the drunks”. Ben Franklin had it right when he said “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” I look forward to my opportunity to wish the hard working public safety officers a “good evening”, after all it’s their Mission to make the town a “more pleasant place to live, work, and visit”. If the chain of command requires them to makes stops and the Supreme Court has ruled such are permissible then give them a break [befehl ist befehl after all]. Don’t take your displeasure out on them, redirect it to the ballot box or simple take an alternate route.
Robert Parker May 03, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Really? I'll be sure to have my "papers" with me.

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