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Road Safety Tips for Labor Day Weekend

AAA estimates this will be busiest travel weekend of the summer

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Greenwich, CT | Added on August 29, 2014 At 01:32 PM

AAA is projecting that more people are going to drive this weekend than any other holiday weekend this summer. I sat down without he Greenwich Police Department and got some tips on how to stay safe this Labor Day Weekend 

"Firstly, they should plan their trip ahead of time. Make sure that they have everything that they need, and that they leave early enough to get to where they are going to on time so they are not rushing and trying to get ahead of everybody else," said John Slusarz, the Greenwich Police Traffic Sergeant. 

This means grabbing gas before getting on the road, obeying traffic laws, and always having a designated driver. 

"We see a whole lot of drinking and driving on holiday weekends. It's a big problem. We are out there to enforce. Police officers all over the country, not just in Greenwich, are giving up their holiday weekends to combat this," said Slusarz. 

DUI checkpoints are usually placed in high traffic areas, such as North Street, Route One, and highway on and off ramps. 

"You'll pull up into a checkpoint where a police officer's in the road funneling all the cars. You'll get a knock not he window and the police officer will introduce himself or herself, and they will ask you a couple questions," explains Slusarz. 

The police officer will assess the driver, and if the driver seems to be intoxicated…

"The car will get pulled over to the side. You will get the three standardized field sobriety tests- the walk and turn, one leg stand, and the horizontal gaze nystagmus," said Slusarz. 

The checkpoints are to ensure everyone's safety on this busy holiday weekend. 

"We advertise them and you can expect to see them throughout the area this weekend," said Slusarz. 

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