Delaware law enforcement officers apprehended another 14 individuals for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and/or drugs last weekend as the DUI campaign Checkpoint Strikeforce continues.


Delaware law enforcement officers apprehended another 14 individuals for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and/or drugs last weekend as the DUI campaign Checkpoint Strikeforce continues. During the 20th week of the campaign the New Castle County DUI Task Force, DSP Troop 5 and Troop 1 conducted checkpoints and Clayton PD, Camden PD, Smyrna PD, Laurel, PD, Blades PD, and Milford PD conducted DUI saturation patrols.

In addition to the 14 DUI arrests last weekend, officers also cited 12 individuals for seat belt violations, apprehended five wanted individuals, made 10 drug arrests, 10 felony arrests, four underage drinking arrests, seized one weapon, and issued 85 citations for various other traffic violations.

Checkpoint Strikeforce continues with two sobriety checkpoints and four patrols scheduled for this weekend:
Friday, Nov. 19

Newark (NcCo DUI Task Force) – Checkpoint Seaford (Seaford PD)- Patrols Kent County (DSP Troop 3) - Patrols

 Saturday, Nov. 20

Georgetown (Georgetown PD) – Checkpoint Laurel (Laurel PD) – Patrols Millsboro (Millsboro PD) - Patrols  

Currently 23 people have lost their lives in alcohol related crashes in 2010 compared to 37 at this time last year.

Now in its ninth year, Checkpoint Strikeforce is a multi-state crackdown on impaired drivers coordinated by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. The campaign involves weekly sobriety checkpoints and patrols through New Year’s Eve and stepped up enforcement during peak holiday times such as Labor Day, Halloween and the month of December. Twenty-five law enforcement agencies are participating in this year’s campaign.

Checkpoint Strikeforce is one of the major highway safety initiatives targeting violators of Delaware’s traffic laws. Traffic deaths kill and injure Delawareans nearly twice as often as violent crimes. Follow campaign updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DEHighwaySafe or on our website at www.ohs.delaware.gov.