24 Arrested for DUI Over Weekend

by Dave on August 5, 2008

24 Arrested for DUI Over Weekend

Friday Night Checkpoint in Kent County to include State Police, DAFB and Milford Police…DelDOT to help minimize impact on beach traffic

Dover – Delaware Law enforcement officers arrested 24 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 six weeks of the of the 2008 “Checkpoint Strikeforce” campaign to 120.

Three sobriety checkpoints were conducted last weekend (August 1st & 2nd). Participating agencies included the Delaware State Police Troop 5, the New Castle County DUI Task Force and the Milford Police Department.

In addition to the weekend’s 24 DUI arrests, officers issued three citations for underage drinking violations, apprehended 12 wanted individuals, made 10 drug arrests, 8 felony arrests, recovered 1 stolen vehicle, and issued 9 seat belt citations and 4 child restraint citations. Officers also issued 99 citations for various other traffic violations.

Three sobriety checkpoints are scheduled for the coming weekend (August 8th & 9th). On Saturday evening the Georgetown Police will conduct one within its town limits. On Friday night, the New Castle County DUI Task Force will conduct one in Wilmington and Delaware State Police Troop 3 will partner with the Milford Police and the Dover Air Force Base to conduct a DUI checkpoint on Rt. 113 just south of Dover beginning at 10 p.m.

The three agencies are partnering to demonstrate their commitment to preventing DUI in an area in which alcohol-related crashes have occurred, and to ensure safe travel for both in and out of state motorists, many who will be headed to the resort area. DelDOT will provide additional lighting in the area as well as personnel to monitor and assist in minimizing impact on beach traffic.

“Though much of the beach traffic should have passed through the area by this time, we hope that anyone whose travel is momentarily delayed will understand that officers are working to ensure their safety and that of their family and friends by checking to make sure that no driver is impaired by alcohol and/or drugs,” said Andrea Summers, Community Relations Officer for the Delaware Office of Highway Safety.

Those who plan to start celebrating their weekend early with a few drinks should make the responsible choice of appointing a designated driver ahead of time. The DAFB provides such an option for Base personnel through its Dover Airmen Against Drunk Driving program. In order to avoid both the criminal and work related penalties associated with getting a DUI, airmen who have been drinking can get a sober ride home through one of the program’s volunteer drivers.

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.

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.

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