State Police plan patrols, sobriety checks to look for drunk drivers

The Connecticut State Police will be out in force tonight, New Year's Eve, looking for drunk drivers in an effort to enhance public safety.

State Police officials said troopers will utilize various enforcement tools to locate, test and arrest intoxicated drivers on New Year’s Eve and throughout the holiday weekend.

The troopers will be in both marked and unmarked patrol cars on Connecticut roads and highways. Sobriety checkpoints will also be set up at various locations across Connecticut, including on Route 8, Interstate 95 and Interstate 84 in western Connecticut.

State Police officials are reminding all motorists if you drink, do not drive. Designate a sober, non-drinking driver before partaking in any celebration.

On New Year's Eve last year, State Police made multiple arrests for driving while intoxicated, speeding, following too close, unsafe lane change, cell phone violations, seatbelt violations and other offenses. Troopers also investigated 84 crashes during the 2013-14 New Year’s weekend.

If you see a suspected drunk driver or reckless driver that is an emergency, State Police said you should call 9-1-1 to report it to police.