Coastal Sussex : DUI Checkpoints

by Dave on July 21, 2008

ohs_logo_2004_v1_cmyk_small1.jpg12 Arrested for DUI Over WeekendFirst month of campaign nets 79 arrests overall DoverDelaware Law enforcement officers arrested 12 individuals for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol over the weekend.  This brings the total number of people arrested for DUI during the first month of the of the 2008 “Checkpoint Strikeforce” campaign to 79.  The arrests are 17 fewer than were made during the first month of the 2007 campaign. 

OHS officials are hopeful that this indicates more people are choosing to use designated drivers when they go out.             “We are hopeful that more people are choosing to celebrate responsibly,” said Lisa Shaw, Impaired Driving Program Coordinator.  “We believe that awareness of both our enforcement efforts and the dangers of drinking and driving are higher than ever before.”Four sobriety checkpoints were conducted last weekend (July 18 – 19).  Participating agencies included the Georgetown Police Department, the Millsboro Police Department, the New Castle County DUI Task Force and the Smyrna and Clayton Police Departments working jointly.In addition to the 12 DUI arrests, officers issued one citation for an underage drinking violation, apprehended 6 wanted individuals, made 5 drug arrests, 5 felony arrests, and issued 13 seat belt citations for unbuckled drivers and/or passenger and 5 child restraint citations.  Officers also issued 67 citations for various other traffic violations.For the coming weekend (July 25 – 26) five sobriety checkpoints are scheduled:Friday July 25 – Wilmington (NcCo DUI Task Force) New Castle (DSP Troop 2) Seaford/Laurel (Seaford & Laurel Police joint checkpoint)Saturday July 26 – Dover (Dover Police)                               Rehoboth Beach (DSP Troop 7)                                 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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