2 killed in impaired driving crashes over Christmas
Dover – Many will be celebrating New Year’s Eve at various social gatherings, dancing, eating, and drinking to ring in the new year. Highway safety officials are asking everyone to drive sober or have a designated driver before the celebrations start.
According to police reports, there were 2 impaired driving crashes over Christmas that resulted in 2 people killed and 3 injured. Since Thanksgiving of this year Delaware has seen fifty-seven (57) persons injured and five (5) killed in impaired driving crashes. Last year the holiday season ended with 2 persons killed and 24 persons injured in impaired-driving crashes.
“Impaired driving crashes kill too many innocent lives on our roadways every year and the unfortunate part is that they are all preventable crashes,” said Jana Simpler, Director of the Office of Highway Safety. “This tragic loss of life can be reduced if we continue to remove impaired drivers off our roadways with checkpoints and patrols, and if everyone designates a sober driver before the party starts or calls a taxi cab for a safe ride home.”
Last weekend 10 people were arrested for DUI as part of Checkpoint Strikeforce. This brings the total campaign DUI arrests to 328, however there have been 4,795 DUI arrests made in Delaware since January 1st.
There are four checkpoints scheduled to occur this weekend as follows:
Friday December 28th New Castle- (DSP) – checkpoint
Longneck- (DSP) – checkpoint
Saturday December 29th Smyrna- (multi-jurisdictional effort) – checkpoint
Monday December 31st Wilmington- (New Castle County DUI Task Force) – checkpoint
Preventing impaired driving crashes is a shared responsibility; everyone can do their part to save a life:
OHS provides suggestions and recipes for non-alcoholic drinks and smart party snacks online at http://www.ohs.delaware.gov/pdfs/2009/safe_family_holiday/OHS_Mocktail_Recipe_Book_v2.pdf
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