BERLIN Conn. (WTNH)-- As the holiday weekend continues, police are working extra hours in an effort to keep drunk drivers off the road. A number of DUI checkpoints were set up along the Berlin Turnpike on Friday night.
Police examined the face of motorists, looking for signs of alcohol or drug impairment.
"They will be looking with their eyes for signs of intoxication, blood shot eyes, they will be looking for clothing that's disheveled, open containers of alcohol. They will use their noses to smell alcohol. You smell drugs, like marijuana that might be admitting from it. They will use their ears to listen to slurred speech," said Lt. Jim Gosselin, Berlin Police.
Hundreds of vehicles are being stopped at the checkpoint on the Berlin turnpike at Middletown Road.
This BAT mobile is a blood alcohol testing unit on scene. And, those that fail the tests are getting arrested.
"In the BAT mobile we have a Draeger alcohol test, a sobriety detection device, and that's the breath test. Also in that unit, we also have a urine test if we think that there's something besides alcohol that's on board with that impaired driver," said Gosselin.
Many Drivers who were subjected to the checkpoint say it's a good idea.
"I think it's a good idea. This is my second one, the first one I didn't know what they were doing," said a driver.
"This is my first time. I feel like it's kind of early. But it's better to be safe than sorry," said another driver.
When asked if they have their drivers license and registration out, a motorist said, "yes I do. I'm all set."
Now in addition to being on the lookout for drunk drivers, police are also looking for unlicensed drivers and expired tags.
They are going to be running more of these checkpoints over the next couple of weeks. And drivers face some serous penalties. Jail time and thousands of dollars in fines.
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