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Police conducting sobriety checkpoint

Published 12:11 pm, Sunday, December 22, 2013
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The New Canaan Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint sometime during the weeks of December.

In 2010, the latest year for which statistics available, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

there were 10,228 fatalities in crashes involving a driver with a 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 Connecticut, 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 sobriety checkpoint is partially funded by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, Office of Transportation Safety.