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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. 

Alex Tytler September 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Maybe they should man a guard shack 24/7, like a checkpoint Charlie. Think of the overtime and taxpayer money that could be spent, AND 100% compliance with every law. Papers please. There are too many cops with not enough to do, and so they come up with this, how many times a month?? The "grant" is Connecticut taxpayers money by another name. It's all overtime, right? Don't like your union contract? Rewrite it with increasing levels of overtime. Want a bigger pension? lots of overtime in the last 2 years of your career. Nobody could possibly do this as a part of regular duty, and they need 15 cops, all standing there most of the night drinking coffee, to write 34 infractions. How much is that in overtime per infraction??
letsplay September 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Alex, Knowledge is power, please educate yourself on our PD before you open your mouth!!! Citizen’s Police Academy If You Have Questions Contact Sgt David Kullgren 203-426-5841 david.kullgren@newtown-ct.gov Newtown Police Department 3 Main St, Newtown, CT 06470
yoda September 12, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Let's play, so right you are!!!
Lou Reda September 12, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Mr. Tyler, I wonder what you'd be saying if one of those DWI's had run over a member of your family or collided with your car with your children injured. The fact that the Checkpoints might be present has an influence on those who consider that third round at the local pub , or those who consider driving without insurance or brake lights. These stops may be costly but certainly not nearly as expensive as the damage a DWI operator can cause.
Robert Hennessey September 12, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I thought they did an excellent job. Now, if only more violators of the "Stoptional" signs on Old Green Rd could be cited. Serious accident/injury is certain.
Clare September 12, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I've noticed this and I hope somebody can enlighten me, they tend to have a lot of these checkpoints at the exit 11 off ramp. Certainly not all of them but I would venture to say a large percentage. I have never seen one at exit 10. Why? Any ideas?
James September 12, 2012 at 04:10 PM
why don't you educate the taxpayers on why you need 40 + officers to patrol a bedroom community like newtown. How about the fact that this town has more DWI checkpoints than any other town in Fairfield county. Why ? So you can rob us citizens of our hard earned pay to fund a over staffed bloated PD who hides in the woods and cemetary's to try and harrass it's citizens. Tell us more of this
Cathy September 12, 2012 at 04:54 PM
As a mother, home owner & taxpayer I would like to thank the Newtown Police Department for their continued efforts in keeping us safe from those that are ignorant in their decision to drink & drive ....
brenda September 12, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I like the safety aspect of it all...but come on its like the boredom needs a pay check
Hound Dog September 12, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Alex, You need to look at the whole picture. You say there are too many cops. Newtown is the second largest town in CT, and I don't see a cop on every corner. You ask, "How many times a month?", refering the number of check points. This was the only one this month, and it's been a few months since the last one. I'm not a union man, but, I don't think the amount of OT is determined by their contract. And you're right, nobody could do this as a part of regular duty, cuz, then there wouldn't be anyone patrolling the roads. Also, the fines issued do not pay for the OT. My advice to you is to know what you are talking about before you say anything.
Hound Dog September 12, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Yoda, I am using your post, so I can see James' post as I reply to it. My aplogies for tresspassing. James, Where did you get the info regarding your statement"..this town has more DWI check points than any other town in Fairfield county."??? How is the PD bloated? If you feel you are being harassed, notify the Chief. I think you are just disgruntled and want to start fires for no reason.
Hound Dog September 12, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Clare, I don't think there is enough room around exit 10 to perform one of these things. When you drive through a checkppoint look around, they usually have an area where they put people when they suspect they're drunk, unless the Blue Colony will allow them to use their parking lot, I don't think they will be able to hold a checkpoint there.
James September 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM
let's see where should I start Live in three towns in FC. All with larger populations and much more nightlife. There might have been 6 a year, probably because they actually had some ploice work to do. I don't rmember seeing PD parked in the woods hiding across from exit 11 or maybe behind the entrance to teh cemetary on rte 25 or posssible jumping out from behind the woods with a radar gun on queen st. Let's also review the fact that we had two officers convicted of larceny who made over 90,000 a year. Let's see how much of that was overtime for the 15 or so checkpoints in the last 12 - read the Bee, I have a list of every one of them. I for one will continue to push the elimination of PD and PW because I am sick of my taxes being raised to support these bloated town dept.
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
Everyone, READ AND PROCESS, THESE CHECKPOINTS ARE PAID FOR BY GRANTS (MADD), NOT NEWTOWN!!!!
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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