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12/28/2005
99.9% of Those Stopped in Connecticut DUI Roadblock Are Innocent
Just one motorist stopped at holiday sobriety roadblocks in Danbury, Connecticut charged with DUI.

Sobriety checkpoint
Police in Danbury, Connecticut declared a holiday drunk driving roadblock operation where 99.9% of the motorists stopped were not drunk a complete success. Officials plan to continue the roadblocks through New Year's weekend, even though of more than a thousand stopped last week, police made only one DUI arrest.

The roadblock was declared a success because officers were able to issue a number of tickets for offenses unrelated to drinking. Twenty-nine expensive tickets were handed out to drivers who forgot to bring their licenses, and fifteen cars were towed because the operator didn't have the registration paperwork in the vehicle.

Danbury police made twice as many DUI arrests after the roadblock was taken down on Christmas Eve.

Source: Police say DUI checkpoint was a success (Danbury News-Times (CT), 12/27/2005)



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