Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs arrests have increased by 35% during the third week of the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign.


Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs arrests have increased by 35% during the third week of the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign.

On July 16 and 17, a total of 31 individuals were arrested for DUI, 11 more than the previous weekend. Agencies conducting checkpoints included the New Castle County DUI Task Force (Newark) and Delaware State Police (Fenwick and Dover).

DUI saturation patrols were conducted by Clayton Police Department, Laurel Police Department, Seaford Police Department and Smyrna Police Department.

In addition to the checkpoint DUI arrests, officers arrested three for underage drinking, issued eight seat belt citations, apprehended six wanted individuals, made six drug and six felony arrests, issued four child restraint citations and 108 citations for various other traffic violations.

One sobriety checkpoint and three patrols are scheduled to occur this weekend.

Friday, July 23: Checkpoint, Wilmington (New Castle County DUI Task Force) Saturday July 24: Patrols, Camden, Millsboro and Blades

Checkpoint Strikeforce is a regional sobriety checkpoint campaign aimed at arresting DUI offenders, and using high visibility enforcement to deter those who would otherwise choose to drink and drive. The campaign, a six month long effort running through New Year’s Eve, involves setting up weekly DUI checkpoints statewide.

For weekly and ongoing campaign statistical updates, visit www.ohs.delaware.gov and click on the Checkpoint Strikeforce icon or follow OHS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DEHighwaySafe.