GPD: Zero Tolerance for Drunk or Drugged Driving over Memorial Day Weekend

 Greenwich Town Party, May 27, 2017 Photo: Asher Almonacy

Greenwich Town Party, 2017 Photo: Asher Almonacy

Police are gearing up for a long holiday weekend. Memorial Day is considered by many as the unofficial start of the summer vacation season. AAA predicted that there will be as many as 1.5 million additional people traveling this weekend compared with last year.

A good weekend weather forecast is great news for parades, concerts, and parties. While the Greenwich Police wishes that everyone has fun at this weekend’s activities, they warn that officers will be on patrol to ensure the public’s safety.

“There will be a zero tolerance for drunk or drugged driving so if you are going to drink don’t drive!” Greenwich Police said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.

Police are also telling drivers to plan ahead and to expect some delays due to traffic, and to drive safely.

At the Thursday morning press briefing Lt Slusarz said there will be extra officers on the lookout for drunk drivers over the holiday weekend.

“Throughout the country police departments will be focusing on drunk and drugged driving this weekend. We want to make sure everybody stays safe,” he said, adding that this weekend there are a number of events across town, including the Greenwich Town Party and Memorial Day ceremonies and parades.

“We’re going to have a busy weekend around here. We’ve hired a lot of people for these events,” he continued. As for the Greenwich Town Party Slusarz said G Force Security has been hired to manage security at the event, which draws thousands to Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.

“They will be doing bag checks on the way in. They’ll be checking for prohibited items including alcohol,” Slusarz said. “Some people try to bring in liquor and it gets confiscated. We don’t allow them into the park with it.”