Dover, DE – The National Safety Council estimates 405 traffic fatalities and more than 40,000 injuries will occur nationally from motor vehicle collisions over the holiday weekend this year. This Labor Day weekend, the Office of Highway Safety (OHS) along with multiple police agencies statewide will work tirelessly to make sure everyone travels safely on the roadways this Labor Day weekend and Arrives Alive to their destination. Enforcement activities include one DUI checkpoint and numerous DUI patrols as part of Checkpoint Strikeforce and the National Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI crackdown campaigns, along with seat belt enforcement patrols to ensure everyone is buckled up on Delaware roadways.
To date there have been 66 fatal motor vehicle crashes in Delaware. Of those 66, 20% were alcohol related and 24% were unbuckled vehicle occupants.
Officers working DUI enforcement last weekend for Checkpoint Strikeforce arrested a total of 10 individuals for DUI. The officers also issued a total of 6 seat belt citations, 2 child restraint citations, apprehended a total of 3 wanted persons, made 2 drug arrests, 1 underage drinking arrest, and 2 other felony arrests.
One DUI checkpoint is scheduled to take place over the Labor Day weekend along with 28 law enforcement agencies conducting DUI patrols. Checkpoint is scheduled as follows:
Friday August 31st – Wilmington – (DSP & NCCo DUI Task Force) – checkpoint
Select law enforcement agencies will also be conducting overtime seat belt enforcement including the Delaware State Police, Dover PD, Georgetown PD, Milford PD, Newark PD, New Castle County PD, and Wilmington PD.
Road Safety Tips for Labor Day Weekend:
1. Check your speed. Plan your route in advance and be prepared to spend more time reaching your destination rather than speeding to get there faster.
2. Obey intersection safety rules. Motorcyclists, pedestrian, and bicyclist traffic also increases during the weekend. Traffic signals and stop signs are in place to maintain safe roadways for drivers, passengers and pedestrians sharing the road.
3. Buckle up. All passengers in the vehicle should use seat belts to keep them safe in the event of a crash.
4. If you are drinking, do not drive. Designate a non-drinking driver or plan for alternative transportation.