Dover – Forty-four (44) people were arrested over the Thanksgiving weekend for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs according to preliminary reports from state and local law enforcement agencies. Officers statewide conducted a combination of sobriety checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols in conjunction with the launch of the Office of Highway Safety’s (OHS’s) Safe Family Holiday campaign, now in its 11th year.
Of the 44 DUI arrests, 16 were made during saturation patrols and the remaining 28 occurred at checkpoints. Of those 28, officers with the New Castle County DUI Task Force arrested 25 individuals for DUI at a sobriety checkpoint on Thanksgiving Eve. The remaining three were made by Delaware State Police Troopers from Troop 4 in Georgetown.
In addition to the weekend’s DUI arrests, officers issued 2 citations for underage drinking violations, apprehended 10 wanted individuals, made 8 drug arrests, 7 felony arrests, recovered two weapons, issued 15 seat belt citations, 3 child restraint citations, and 260 citations for various other traffic violations.
Three sobriety checkpoints are scheduled for the coming weekend (Dec. 4th & 5th):
Friday Dec. 4th –
Wilmington – NcCo DUI Task Force
Laurel – Laurel PD
Saturday Dec. 5th –
Newark – Delaware State Police Troop 2
The 10th annual Safe Family Holiday campaign runs from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve and involves a combination of high visibility enforcement efforts and public awareness activities.