Halloween DUI checkpoints on tap for Saturday night

DOVER – The Delaware Office of Highway Safety is coordinating Operation Checkpoint Strikeforce in each county statewide for Halloween weekend, starting Saturday night.

This zero-tolerance initiative in Delaware, implemented since 2002, is designed to get impaired drivers off the roads using checkpoints and patrols. The initiative also aims to educate drivers on the dangers and consequences of driving impaired including injury, death and more than $6,000 in fines for first time DUI offenders.

During Halloween weekend, Delaware State Police and local law enforcement will be conducting DUI checkpoints in all three counties Saturday night and into Sunday morning from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. at U.S. 13 in Dover, Sussex Highway in Seaford and U.S. 40 in Newark.

So far in 2019, there have been 16 confirmed DUI fatalities (this number is not final as there are crashes still under investigation for impairment).

“This year, Halloween falls on a Thursday, so we’re certain to see extra celebrations throughout this weekend, and everyone celebrating should plan to ensure a ride home,” said Kimberly Chesser, Director, Delaware Office of Highway Safety. “If you plan to drink, there are many options for a safe ride home. Have a friend designated as a sober driver or use a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft.”

In addition to the Halloween Weekend Checkpoint Strikeforce, OHS wants to remind the public of best practices for a safe night on the roads this Halloween:

  • Anyone who plans to drink should designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
  • Find a safe ride statewide from the OHS Safe Ride resource link https://www.arrivealivede.com/Drive-Sober/Safe-Rides#wilmington
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely.

For more information on the consequences of driving impaired, visit https://www.arrivealivede.com/Drive-Sober/Consequences.

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