The Darien Police Traffic Division recently applied for and was awarded a "Driving Under the Influence" (DUI) enforcement grant from the Connecticut Dept. of Transportation. This $46,000 grant will be used to conduct aggressive, zero tolerance, DUI enforcement in 2010.

The Darien Police will deploy DUI sobriety checkpoints and supplemental roaming patrols over the course of the next year, in an effort to reduce accidents and injuries caused by drunk drivers. These checkpoints and roaming patrols will be conducted at times when the offenses of DUI are most common, predominantly nights and weekends. This is the first time that the Darien Police have applied for DUI funding from the State of Connecticut in order to conduct DUI sobriety checkpoints.

A new proposed mutual aid agreement would also allow cooperative enforcement efforts, such as sobriety checkpoints, between the Darien, Stamford and New Canaan Police Departments. The Darien RTM will vote on this proposed agreement on January 23rd.

The Darien Police also intend to have representatives from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) present at some of the sobriety checkpoints to distribute to motorists educational pamphlets regarding the perils of drunk driving.