Connecticut State Police said they will be patrolling freeways and conducting DUI checks statewide for Labor Day weekend.
Troopers will conduct roving DUI checks beginning at midnight Friday morning and will continue until 11:59 p.m. Monday, according to state police.
Troop I will perform a DUI checkpoint near Exit 67 on Route 15 North and Exit 16 on Interstate 91 North in Meridan from 6 p.m. Sunday to approximately 2 a.m. Monday.
Troop G will monitor the on and off ramps at I-91 Exit 3 in New Haven from 8:30 p.m. Monday to 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.
State police reminded residents to designate a sober driver in case they decide to drink alcohol. They also asked residents to report any possibly drunk drivers to authorities.
“Right now the weather forecast looks perfect for getting together with family and friends, so we expect heavy traffic over the three-day holiday weekend,” Colonel Stavros Mellekas said Thursday. , Commander of the Connecticut State Police. “Drivers are urged to remember that arriving safely should always be their number one priority.”
State police will also patrol the waterways on police boats in anticipation of high traffic volumes on the state’s lakes and rivers.
State police reported 6,296 calls for service and 406 motor vehicle crashes, including three fatalities and two with serious injuries, over Labor Day weekend in 2021. That number was up from reported 5,159 service calls and 238 accidents, with one fatal and two serious. injuries, in 2020.
Troopers also reported 515 speeding tickets and 41 impaired driving arrests over Labor Day weekend in 2021.