Delaware DUI checkpoint results announced

Police officers conduct an impaired driver checkpoint in the area of Del. 1 and South State Street in Dover last Friday night through early Saturday morning. (Submitted photo/Delaware Office of Highway Safety)

Police officers conduct an impaired driver checkpoint in the area of Del. 1 and South State Street in Dover last Friday night through early Saturday morning. (Submitted photo/Delaware Office of Highway Safety)

DOVER — Aiming to reduce DUI-related crashes and fatalities, authorities said, police conducted large-scale checkpoints last Friday night at five locations throughout Delaware.

The Office of Highway Safety initiative includes more than 100 law enforcement officers sworn in this month for multi-jurisdictional capabilities. So far this year, there have been more than 12 fatalities attributed to impaired driving, according to the OHS.

Last week’s operation ran from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; locations included:

• Del. 92 and Ballymeade Drive, north Wilmington.

• U.S. 40, Bear.

• Del. 10 near South State Street, Dover.

• U.S. 13 and Middleford Road, Seaford

• Del. 1 northbound and Church Street, Rehoboth Beach.

“DUI checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries,” OHS Director Jana Simpler said in a news release.

“A major component of these checkpoints is the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.”

At the checkpoints, worked by 105 law enforcement officers, 5,391 vehicles were stopped, 11 DUI arrests were made, 24 seatbelt and child restraint arrests were made, 16 drug-related charges were issued, five cell phone tickets were issued, and three wanted persons were apprehended.

The next checkpoint is scheduled for Sept. 23.

“Our goal is to help reduce the number of impaired driving-related crashes through general deterrence brought on by increased presence and awareness of DUI enforcement activities,” OHS spokeswoman Lisa Flowers said.

“There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel when impaired. Driving impaired is never worth the risk, not to yourself or anyone else.

“If law enforcement pulls you over for impaired driving, you can count on being arrested. And you can count on our agency to continue these checkpoints.”

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