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West Hartford Police Ramping Up Patrols for Holiday Season

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Police will have extra patrols focused on DUI as well as distracted driving and other offenses.

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By Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police have announced that special enforcement patrols will be added beginning Wednesday evening, Nov. 25, and extending throughout the holiday season. The additional coverage is funded in part by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office.

According to Capt. Jeff Rose, the officers will be in marked as well as unmarked vehicles and will be enforcing DUI and distracted driving laws as well as looking for aggressive drivers.

Additional “Click it or Ticket” patrols will also be in place looking for seatbelt violations.

Extra officers on foot patrol will also be added in West Hartford Center, Rose said.

There were 37 DUI arrests in West Hartford during November and December 2014, Rose said.

Connecticut State Police have announced that there will be a DUI/Sobriety checkpoint during the evening of Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in the area of Jennings Road in Hartford.

Connecticut State Police are also advising that they “will also be actively enforcing Connecticut’s laws regarding speed limits, seatbelt requirements, distracted driving and aggressive driving.” Extra patrols have been added to focus on aggressive drivers, unsafe drivers, and drunk drivers.

“The West Hartford Police Department wishes everyone a safe holiday, but also wants to remind residents and visitors to enjoy the holidays responsibly,” Rose said in a news release.

“Please do not drink and drive. Not during the holidays … not ever,” Rose said in the release.

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