Finance board approves DUI grant

The Board of Finance approved the Wilton Police Department’s request to receive $60,600 in funding through a 2016 Comprehensive DUI Grant during its Oct. 20 meeting. The Board of Selectmen took similar action at its meeting the night before.
The grant would allow the department to patrol and look for intoxicated drivers using enforcement techniques like DUI checkpoints. It would also allow more officers than usual to patrol at a time.
The grant will be used for holidays with high likelihood of intoxicated drivers, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Capt. Thomas Conlan told the finance board it would also be used for enforcement on days like the Super Bowl, St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo.
The state will pick up $45,450 of the grant, said Conlan, and the town will ultimately be responsible for $13,000 to $14,000 of it.
DUI arrests in Wilton were cut in half last year.
“I don’t know if that’s because we’re doing such a great job,” said Conlan, “but we did have an officer retire who was really high in DUI [arrests] and he’d get like 25 himself.”
Conlan said the department has a lot of new officers and it is “trying to get them all the extra training because the DUI course that’s offered a couple times a year ... enhances their ability to detect this violation.”
Click here to learn more about the Comprehensive DUI Grant.