The Delaware Office of Highway Safety will partner with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to stop drunk drivers and help save lives as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over program.
DOHS will fund impaired driving enforcement from Aug. 19 through Sept. 5.
In 2016, there were 3,985 DUI arrests statewide and 43 percent of vehicular deaths were impaired-driving related. This year, DOHS has teamed up with law enforcement across the state to coordinate five multi-jurisdictional DUI checkpoints Sept. 2 at strategic locations: two in New Castle County, one in Kent County and two in Sussex County.
In New Castle County, checkpoints will be set up along Route 7 in Wilmington and Route 72 in Newark. In Kent County a checkpoint will be set up along Route 13 near Dover. In Sussex County, checkpoints will be set up along Route 24 in Millsboro and Concord Road in Seaford.
These checkpoints will be staffed with law enforcement officers to ensure that anyone who is impaired will be arrested and removed from the roadways. In addition, a drug recognition expert will be at each checkpoint to assist officers in recognizing signs of drug impairment. Alcohol and drugs — prescription and illegal — cause impairment for drivers behind the wheel. These checkpoints are a tool in keeping Delaware’s roadways safe.