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Hey Groton, Guess Who Had the Most DUIs in CT This Holiday Season?

Yup, Groton ranked seventh in the state for DUIs. The ranking is based on arrests per capita.

Police departments across Connecticut were especially vigilant over the holiday season — a time of year associated with merriment and, sometimes, impaired driving.

Between Dec. 24, 2013, and Jan. 1, 2014, local police departments initiated nearly 6,700 traffic stops, responded to more than 1,660 motor vehicle accidents and charged 142 drivers with operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“Across Connecticut municipal police and state troopers were hard at work over the holiday season to help travelers reach their destinations safely," Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) President and Southington Police Chief Jack Daly said. "This is just some of the work they did.”

The slideshow above lists the Top 20 towns with the most DUI arrests by population in that eight-day period.

(Slide figures show percent capita, or the number of arrests/stops/accidents per 100 residents.)

Tragically, local police also reported four deaths due to traffic accidents between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.

“Each year thousands of lives are lost on the nation’s highways,” Daly said. “The goal is encouraging all motorists to be especially diligent in exercising the safest driving practices possible.”
Bruce Flax January 12, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Aaron- Are you reporting the news or personally calling out Groton? What kind of headline is that? Seems there is no point to your story except to to rehash someone else's story and tell us that we were seventh in the state. Looking for a better quality journalism and more of a point from the Patch. Seems very personal. Maybe you could look into why we were 7th. Did we have more check points than other departments - perhaps Groton police were more vigilante than those in other communities? Felt that if your point was to just inform - you could have chosen a more appropriate headline.

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