198 DUI Arrests To Date for the Checkpoint Strikeforce Campign
Dover – There have been a total of 198 DUI arrests made since June 29th as part of the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign. There have been over 3,800 DUI arrests made statewide since January. Last weekend Checkpoint Strikeforce conducted 3 DUI checkpoints; one in Newport on Rt. 4, one in Fenwick Island on Rt. 54, and one in Rehoboth Beach on Rehoboth Ave. Officers arrested 10 individuals for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs, issued 2 citations for underage drinking, apprehended 3 wanted individuals, made 4 drug arrests, recovered 1 stolen vehicle, seized 1 weapon, issued 1 cell phone citation, issued 18 seat belt citations, issued 1 child restraint citation, and issued 38 citations for various other traffic violations.
Three sobriety checkpoints are scheduled to occur the weekend of October 20th. They are scheduled as follows:
Friday October 19th– Wilmington (NcCo DUI Task Force)- checkpoint
Seaford (multi-jurisdictional effort) – checkpoint
Saturday October 20th- Woodside (DSP)- checkpoint
Those convicted of a first time DUI offense in Delaware can expect to lose their driver’s license for up to three months, attend an 8-week DUI treatment class and pay nearly 4-thousand dollars in court, treatment, DMV, and lawyer’s fees.
Checkpoint Strikeforce is a regional sobriety checkpoint campaign aimed at arresting DUI offenders, and using high visibility enforcement to deter those who would otherwise choose to drink and drive. The campaign, a six month long effort running through New Year’s Eve, involves setting up weekly DUI checkpoints statewide.
For more information on Checkpoint Strikeforce visit www.ohs.delaware.gov and follow regular campaign updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DEHighwaySafe and Facebook www.facebook.com/ArriveAliveDE. You can also see the real consequences of a DUI in Delaware at www.DUIRealTime.com.