DUI Weekend Checkpoints in Coastal Sussex

by Dave on July 14, 2008

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2008

28 Arrested for DUI; Four checkpoints scheduled for coming weekend

Dover – Delaware Law enforcement officers arrested 28 individuals for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol over the weekend. This brings the total number of people arrested during the first three weeks of the of the 2008 “Checkpoint Strikeforce” campaign to 67.

Four sobriety checkpoints were conducted last weekend (July 11 – 12). Participating agencies included Delaware State Police Troops 3 & 4, Dover Police, and the New Castle County DUI Task Force. In addition to the 28 DUI arrests, officers issued four citations for underage drinking violations, apprehended 9 wanted individuals, made 4 drug arrests, 4 felony arrests, and issued 7 seat belt citations for unbuckled drivers and/or passengers. Officers also issued 101 citations for various other traffic violations.

For the coming weekend (July 18 – 19) four sobriety checkpoints are scheduled: Newark (NcCo DUI Task Force), Millsboro (Millsboro Police), Georgetown (Georgetown Police) and Smyrna (Smyrna/Clayton police joint checkpoint).

For weekly and ongoing campaign statistical updates please visit our website at www.ohs.delaware.gov and click on the Checkpoint Strikeforce icon in the center of the page.

Now in its seventh year, “Checkpoint Strikeforce” is a multi-state crackdown on impaired drivers coordinated locally by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. Participating law enforcement agencies are conducting weekly DUI checkpoints through New Year’s Eve, and monthly checkpoints in the spring, all with the goal of at deterring impaired drivers and arresting DUI offenders. “Checkpoint Strikeforce” is also one of the three major safety initiatives under the “120 Days of Summer HEAT” campaign targeting violators of Delaware’s traffic laws. Traffic deaths kill and injure Delawareans nearly twice as often as violent crimes.

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