Traffic School

During the past week, I’ve seen a lot of DUI checkpoints. One of them, I saw in the middle of the afternoon on a Tuesday. This seemed like a waste of perfectly good grant money. How many drunks could one possibly catch at that hour? Despite what seemed like improbable odds, Monroe’s finest had a very long line of people pulled over.

Then I saw another one in Glastonbury on Sunday afternoon. Weird.

But with all these random mid-day DUI checkpoints messing with the state’s minds, I was not surprised to see that 88% of people — apparently a record — wear their seat belts while driving in the car.

“Over the past 13 years, with the help of state and local police, we have increased our seat belt usage rate almost 30 percent, which is remarkable,” Rell said. “Regular safety belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.”

You know, except for the people who actually would have been better off having been thrown out of the car.