Dover – Officers arrested 9 individuals for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs last weekend as part of the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign. There have been over 3,700 DUI arrests statewide since January.
In addition to last weekend’s 9 DUI arrests, officers issued 2 citations for underage drinking, apprehended 3 wanted individuals, made 3 drug arrests, issued 1 cell phone citation, issued 2 seat belt citations, issued 1 child restraint citation, and issued 36 citations for various other traffic violations.
Three sobriety checkpoints are scheduled to occur the weekend of October 13th. They are scheduled as follows:
Friday October 12th– Newport (NcCo DUI Task Force)- checkpoint
Fenwick Island (DSP) – checkpoint
Saturday October 13th- Rehoboth Beach (multi-jurisdictional effort)- 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.