DUI Enforcement Efforts Continue

by Dave on August 20, 2010

Week 7 of Campaign Brings In More DUI Arrests.

Week seven of Checkpoint Strikeforce adds 27 more DUI arrests to the campaign total. Since the launch of the 2010 campaign on July 4th weekend, there have been a total of 158 individuals arrested for DUI. Agencies conducting checkpoints and patrols last weekend included the New Castle County DUI Task Force (Bear) ,DSP Troop 3 (Dover), Harrington PD, Smyrna PD, Camden PD, Milford PD, and Clayton PD.

In addition to the DUI arrests, officers recovered one stolen vehicle, issued 10 seat belt citations, apprehended 10 wanted individuals, made 16 drug arrests, seized one weapon, made 18 felony arrests, issued 2 underage drinking violations, and issued 101 citations for various other traffic violations.

Six sobriety checkpoints and four patrols are scheduled to occur on August 20th and 21st in combination with the launch of the National Labor Day DUI Crackdown. They are scheduled for:

Friday August 20th – Wilmington – Checkpoint (NcCo DUI Task Force)

Clayton – Checkpoint (Clayton PD)

Georgetown – Checkpoint (Georgetown PD)

Rehoboth – Checkpoint (Rehoboth PD)

Blades – Patrols (Blades PD)

Laurel – Patrols (Laurel PD)

Saturday August 21st– Dover – Checkpoint (Dover PD)

Glasgow – Checkpoint (New Castle DSP Troops)

Millsboro – Patrols (Millsboro PD)

Blades – Patrols (Blades PD)

Checkpoint Strikeforce is a regional sobriety checkpoint campaign aimed at arresting DUI offenders, and uses high visibility enforcement to deter those who would otherwise choose to drink and drive. The campaign, a six month long effort running through New Year’s Eve, involves setting up weekly DUI checkpoints statewide.

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 or follow OHS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DEHighwaySafe.

National DUI Crackdown Begins Friday

Stepped up DUI enforcement runs from August 20th to September 6th

Dover – Going out this weekend? Be warned…so are State, county and municipal law enforcement agencies, as they join thousands of their colleagues across the country in a nationwide DUI crackdown. The Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. mobilization begins Friday August 20th and runs through Labor Day. In Delaware this means increased enforcement in the form of 15 sobriety checkpoints and 273 DUI saturation patrols, as well as additional radio and TV ads reminding people that one more drink could be one too many.

“Nearly 12,000 people nationwide die each year due to impaired driving,” said Jana Simpler, Director of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. “We want everyone to understand that impaired driving is a crime and often has deadly results. If you drive impaired, you will be arrested.” Ninety-six (96) drivers were arrested for DUI during the 2009 impaired driving crackdown.

During the 2009 crackdown period there were 9 traffic fatalities and nearly half were alcohol-related. Since January 1st of this year, 17 of the 63 traffic deaths (27%) were alcohol-related compared to this time last year when 20 of the 69 traffic deaths (29%) were alcohol-related.

The consequences for driving impaired are serious. If you choose to drive impaired, you could face jail time, loss of driver license, and mandatory use of an ignition interlock device, installed in your vehicle at your own expense. If you are convicted of a DUI you will have a criminal record for the rest of your life, your insurance premiums will significantly increase, and you will have to pay for and attend a mandatory eight week DUI treatment classes with drug testing.

The first checkpoints of the crackdown will take place in Clayton, Georgetown, and Rehoboth. Over thirty State and local police agencies, representing most of Delaware’s law enforcement community, are participating in the crackdown in combination with Checkpoint Strikeforce including: Blades Police, Bethany Beach Police, Camden Police, Clayton Police, Cheswold Police, Delaware City Police, Delaware State Police, Dewey Beach Police, Dover Police, Elsmere Police, Felton Police, Georgetown Police, Harrington Police, Laurel Police, Lewes Police, Middletown Police, Milford Police, Millsboro Police, Milton Police, New Castle City Police, New Castle County Police, Newark Police, Newport Police, Ocean View Police, Rehoboth Beach Police, Seaford Police, Smyrna Police and Wyoming Police.

For more information on the Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. Mobilization visit www.Stopimpaireddriving.org or visit the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) website at www.ghsa.org.

Delaware’s participation in the Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. Mobilization is part of its 2010 Checkpoint Strikeforce efforts and is the final enforcement effort in the OHS’s 120 Days of Summer HEAT campaign. For more information about Checkpoint Strikeforce and all of OHS’s campaigns visit our website at www.ohs.delaware.gov and follow our updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DEHighwaySafe.

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