The Delaware Office of Highway Safety is coordinating an intensive enforcement effort which includes three sobriety checkpoints and dozens of DUI saturation patrols statewide.


On New Year's Eve, the Delaware Office of Highway Safety is coordinating an intensive enforcement effort which includes three sobriety checkpoints and dozens of DUI saturation patrols statewide. It’s the last big enforcement push for the 2009 calendar year under OHS’s Safe Family Holiday Campaign and the National Impaired Driving Crackdown: Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.  

In 2008, 19 people were arrested for DUI on New Year’s Eve. 

The following are checkpoints scheduled for New Year’s Eve:

Wilmington (multiple locations) - New Castle County DUI Task Force (8 p.m. –  4 a.m.) Laurel – Laurel Police Department Smyrna – Smyrna Police Department

 
Since Jan. 1 of this year, 36 (or 31%) of the 116 traffic deaths which have occurred on Delaware roads, have been alcohol-related. That is a 13 percentage point decrease from this time in 2008.  While 2009 is winding down, the Office of Highway Safety already has plans in place for 2010 DUI enforcement which will begin on Jan. 7 with saturation patrols scheduled to occur on weekends during the NFL Playoff season.Delaware State Police and 22 county and municipal police agencies will participate.

For information on the 11th annual Safe Family Holiday campaign enforcement and public awareness activities, visit www.ohs.delaware.gov and click on the Safe Family Holiday campaign icon in the center of the page.