Delaware authorities announce DUI checkpoint results

DOVER — The Delaware Office of Highway Safety coordinated DUI checkpoints in all three counties last Saturday from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. the following morning, netting six DUI arrests and nearly 100 additional citations.

OHS described Checkpoint Strikeforce as “extremely successful.”

“The statewide media coverage was a deterrent that discouraged many impaired drivers from taking to the highways. In Delaware, officers made 6 DUI arrests, and netted an additional 96 traffic arrests or citations for other infractions, including 17 seatbelt violations, 12 drug arrests and the apprehension of one wanted person.”

Said Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz: “As a result of our combined strategies, the Delaware State Police, local law enforcement and the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, we were able to make our highways safer through education, deterrence, proactive patrols and sobriety checkpoints to inform the motoring public on the importance of driving safely.”

According to Delaware Office of Public Safety Spokesman Mitch Topal, “OHS thanks the Delaware State Police and local law enforcement agencies who manned the checkpoints to keep impaired drivers off of our roadways. Due to extensive media coverage, lives were saved because, we believe, people heeded and spread the message, and made safe choices.”

OHS will coordinate the next Checkpoint Strikeforce effort on September 1 which will include four DUI checkpoints statewide as well as DUI patrols to deter the public from driving while impaired, OHS said.

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