Statewide enforcement checkpoints aim to reduce DUI-related crashes and fatalities
(Dover, DE) – Impaired driving remains a public safety threat that still claims thousands of innocent lives on the nation’s roadways every year. In Delaware this year, there have been 34 fatalities attributed to impaired- driving and more than 3,200 DUI arrests. More than one-third of all fatal crashes involve an impaired driver.
On Saturday, October 29th, more than 100 law enforcement officers will gather in Wilmington, Bear, Dover, Rehoboth Beach, and Seaford to conduct statewide checkpoints.
In July of this year, the Office of Highway Safety (OHS) re-tooled the fifteen-year running, regional Checkpoint Strikeforce (CPSF) effort. “To better allocate our resources, we changed the CPSF model by conducting multiple statewide checkpoints on select nights,” says Jana Simpler, Director of the Office of Highway Safety (OHS). “This is helping ensure that impaired drivers are removed from our roadways and everyone arrives to their destination safely.”
The October 29, 2016 CPSF event will consist of 5 DUI checkpoints across the State, occurring on one night, in 5 different locations. There are 2 checkpoints in New Castle County, 1 in Kent County, and 2 in Sussex County. The first two previously held checkpoints using this model were on July 15th, yielding 11 DUI arrests and September 23rd, resulting in 17 DUI arrests. Delaware State Police and local law enforcement agencies worked together to conduct the checkpoints across the state on these nights.
FAQs on the consequences of life after a DUI can be found at http://www.arrivealivede.com/Drive- Sober/FAQs. The link to OHS’ website about driving sober, DUI fatalities and arrests is