New Canaan Police Announce December DUI Checkpoint

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New Canaan Police announced Wednesday that a sobriety checkpoint would be conducted in the town at some undisclosed location and time within the next two weeks in December.

Included in the announcement of the checkpoint was a list of statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 2010:
  • Nationally there were 10,228 fatalities in crashes involving a driver with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of .08 or higher—31-percent of total traffic fatalities for the year.
  • An average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 51 minutes.
  • The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was four times higher at night than during the day (37-percent versus 9-percent).
  • 16-percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes during the week were alcohol-impaired, compared to 31-percent on weekends.
  • In fatal crashes the highest percentage of drivers with a BAC level of .08 or higher was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (34-percent), followed by ages 25 to 34 (30-percent).
  • In CT there were 319 traffic fatalities. Of those, 43-percent were alcohol-related and 38-percent of those drivers had a BAC of .08 or higher.
The checkpoint is partially funded by the Connecticut Department of Transportation's Office of Transportation Safety.


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