DUI checkpoints set up ahead of Cinco De Mayo celebrations - WFSB 3 Connecticut

DUI checkpoints set up ahead of Cinco De Mayo celebrations

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To keep everyone safe, Hartford police stepped up their DUI enforcement on Thursday by having a checkpoint, screening every driver that went by. (WFSB) To keep everyone safe, Hartford police stepped up their DUI enforcement on Thursday by having a checkpoint, screening every driver that went by. (WFSB)
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On Thursday, many celebrated Cinco De Mayo.

While it means plenty of partying, it also means there’s an uptick in the number of people drinking and driving.

May 5 is a day Agave Grill in Hartford looks forward to.

“It brings people downtown…people have a wonderful time,” said Al Ferranti of Agave Grill. “Cinco De Mayo is our busiest time of year. We look forward to this every single year.”

The restaurant prepared for the crowds by having specials lined up to the delight of customers.

“We’re doing $5 dollar margaritas. We have to step it up because it’s Cinco de Mayo. So we use a premium product instead of our house tequila,” Ferranti said.

To keep everyone safe, Hartford police stepped up their DUI enforcement on Thursday by having a checkpoint, screening every driver that went by.

Within minutes of the Channel 3 cameras arriving, police were already performing a field sobriety test on one driver.

“It’s great. It keeps everyone safe and secure making sure people aren't drunk driving and endangering other people,” said Chelsea Bopp.

Police throughout the state have stepped up their patrols to ensure safety, encouraging people to have a designated driver or alternative way of getting home.

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