The Delaware Office of Highway Safety coordinated DUI checkpoints in the three counties on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

Working together with the Delaware State Police and local law enforcement, OHS supported five DUI checkpoints across the state. In addition, OHS partnered with law enforcement in Maryland and Virginia to patrol U.S. 13 from the Virginia line to north of Harrington, as part of the multi-jurisdictional Border-to-Border DUI enforcement initiative.

OHS reported that checkpoint strikeforce and Border-to Border were successful. The statewide media coverage was a deterrent that discouraged many impaired drivers from taking to the highways. In Delaware, officers made 15 DUI arrests and netted an additional 68 traffic arrests or citations for other infractions, including 16 drug arrests and the apprehension of one wanted person.

“OHS thanks the Delaware State Police and local law enforcement agencies who manned the checkpoints to keep impaired drivers off of our roadways during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Due to extensive media coverage, lives were saved because, we believe, people heeded and spread the message, and made safe choices” said Mitch Topal, marketing specialist and public information officer, Delaware Office of Public Safety.

OHS will coordinate the next checkpoint strikeforce effort July 14, which will include five DUI checkpoints statewide and DUI patrols to deter the public from driving while impaired.

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