Safe Family Holiday DUI checkpoints set for Delaware

DOVER – Those hitting the roads in Delaware this weekend might want to keep their merriment to a minimum as far as alcohol is concerned, as the Delaware Office of Highway Safety is coordinating Operation Checkpoint Strikeforce in each county statewide as part of the Safe Family Holiday DUI enforcement campaign.

On Saturday, Delaware State Police and local law enforcement will be conducting DUI checkpoints in all three counties from 10 p.m. until Sunday at 2 a.m. at U.S. 13 in Dover (Kent County), Del. 54 in Fenwick Island (Sussex County) and Limestone Road in Wilmington (New Castle County).

“Our office wants to reinforce the need to plan ahead during this busy time of year,” said Kimberly Chesser, safety director for the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. “If you are joining your coworkers for a holiday party after work, or meeting family at a restaurant for your holiday festivities, and plan to drink, make sure you have a sober ride home and arrive alive.

“There is no excuse for driving impaired. Give your loved ones the gift of you this holiday season and make sure you get home safely.”

So far in 2019, there have been 20 confirmed DUI fatalities (note: this number is not final as there are crashes still under investigation for impairment). 

In addition to the Safe Family Holiday DUI Checkpoints, OHS wants to remind the public of best practices for a safe night on the roads this holiday season:

  • Anyone planning on drinking should designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
  • Motorists can find a safe ride statewide from the OHS Safe Ride resource link https://www.arrivealivede.com/Drive-Sober/Safe-Rides#wilmington.
  • Anyone who sees an impaired driver on the road should contact local law enforcement when it’s safe to do so. 
  • Anyone with a friend who is about to drink and drive should take the keys away and make arrangements to get their friend home safely.
  • For more information on the consequences of driving impaired, visit https://www.arrivealivede.com/Drive-Sober/Consequences.
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