Dover Air Force Base & OHS Team Up For Safety Down Day

Dover – The Dover Air Force Base (DAFB) Wing Safety Office and the Office of Highway Safety are hosting several interactive DUI activities on base during Safety Down Day on Friday Jan. 27th to show the airmen that drinking and driving just don’t mix.

Safety Down Day activities will have a football theme to support the NFL enforcement that is currently underway in Delaware.  Airmen will get to try their skills at throwing a football at a target and riding a tricycle while wearing DUI Fatal Vision goggles.  DUI Fatal Vision goggles use special lens technology that allows the wearer to experience a realistic simulation of impairment. They will also have the opportunity to try and drive the SIDNE- a go cart type vehicle, which simulates the effects of distraction and impairment from alcohol and other drugs on a motorist’s driving skills. Plus, Delaware State Police will showcase the seat belt convincer that demonstrates what happens to vehicle occupants when they don’t buckle up.  Those who drink and drive are also less likely to buckle up.

Pepsi and the HERO campaign will also be on site to promote Designated Drivers and DUI education.  The HERO campaign was launched by the Elliott family in August of 2000 in memory of their son’s tragic death at the hands of a drunken driver.  Delaware adopted the HERO campaign in 2007 by then Lt. Governor John Carney.

Law enforcement officers statewide will conduct DUI enforcement on Super Bowl Sunday in the form of 38 saturation patrols and 1 checkpoint as follows:

Friday February 5th Wilmington – New Castle County DUI Task Force.

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 thousands of dollars in court, treatment, DMV, and lawyer’s fees.   Subsequent DUI convictions include mandatory jail time and higher fines.

OHS offers the following tips to help you have a safe Super Bowl weekend.   If you’re going out to a bar or party, designate a sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys.  Once out, if you’ve been drinking alcohol, don’t even think about getting behind the wheel. Ask a sober friend for a ride home.  Call a cab, friend or family member to come and get you, or stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober.  Finally, remember, Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired.

If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, serve lots of high protein food and be sure to include lots of non-alcoholic beverages.  Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game – and begin serving coffee, water, and dessert.  Be sure all of your guests designate their drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.  Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.

For more information on any of the OHS campaigns visit www.ohs.delaware.gov and follow regular campaign updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DEHighwaySafe and Facebook www.facebook.com/ArriveAliveDE.


Markell: President’s Proper Focus on Jobs and the Economy

Wilmington, DE – President Obama offered several compelling proposals in a State of the Union address that properly focused on jobs and the economy, Governor Jack Markell said shortly after the speech.

“The President made clear that our nation’s most compelling need is to keep making progress on jobs and he offered a clear path forward,” Markell said.

Last week, Markell delivered a State of the State that focused on expanding economic opportunity, improving schools and governing responsibly at the state level. He made clear that a renewed federal commitment to the economy is critical to states.

“We can – and do – focus every day on getting people back to work, but the economic health of our states, our cities and our small towns depend a good deal on the direction of the national economy. The President made clear that while there’s been some real signs of progress, we can’t afford to stop fighting.”

Markell echoed the President’s hope that Washington could find a way to work together to make progress.

“There was a clear difference between the positive plans laid out by the President to help our nation’s middle class succeed and the anger, negativity, and attacks offered during his opponents’ debate the night before,” Markell said. “The stakes are too high to let divisions get in the way of progress.”


DUI Checkpoint Set for January 27th

DOVER – The Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign has set a DUI checkpoint for Friday, January 27th. The checkpoint will be conducted by the New Castle County DUI Task Force, in Wilmington.

The Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign is a crackdown on impaired driving.  Delaware will conduct two DUI checkpoints each month until July, when weekly DUI checkpoints will resume.  This campaign is aimed at removing impaired drivers from our roadways and deterring those who might otherwise choose to drive after drinking alcohol or using drugs.

The Office of Highway Safety reminds motorists that traffic deaths kill and injure Delawareans nearly twice as often as violent crimes.

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.


Governor’s Weekly Message: Delaware’s Time to Lead

DOVER – In his weekly message, Governor Markell talks about his fourth State of the State Address, which he delivered to a joint session of the General Assembly on Thursday. He made clear that to lead in the future, Delaware must stay focused now on creating more jobs, making our schools stronger and governing responsibly.

“As tempting as it might seem to take this moment to pause and catch our breath, this is not the time to stand still,” said Markell. “We can take advantage of this moment and build a lasting competitive edge for our State and its people, we must do more than simply work with, rather than against, each other. Together, we must act with confidence and imagination.”

Markell offered new proposals and updated the legislature on some successful efforts underway to get people back to work, ensure more Delaware children graduate ready to succeed and make government a sounder steward of state resources.

“We cannot settle for an economy that is dependent on a handful of major employers. We will nurture an environment where start-ups and small businesses can experiment and thrive.”

Some of the proposals included efforts to further support emerging start-ups and growing companies by applying best practices found at entrepreneurial support centers across the country and helping existing small businesses get access to credit through the federal Small Business Credit Initiative, as well as other innovative ways to give small businesses the edge.

Transcript of the Governor’s Weekly Message: Delaware’s Time to Lead

Weekly Message Video: http://youtu.be/2mKqSkt_VRY
Video of the full State of the State Address: http://youtu.be/0HYWOhuLufw
More information on the State of the State: https://news.delaware.gov/2012/01/19/delawares-time-to-lead/

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Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Delaware’s Time to Lead

This is Delaware’s time to lead. Creating more and better jobs. Improving our quality of life.

Providing the best schools and learning opportunities for our children. Getting the most out of each tax dollar. Strengthening the trust of our people in their government. These are challenges even in ordinary times. We don’t live in ordinary times.

This week, I delivered my State of the State address and in it, I talked about that change and challenges that accompany us each day. As tempting as it might seem to take this moment to pause and catch our breath, this is not the time to stand still.

We can take advantage of this moment and build a lasting competitive edge for our State and its people, we must do more than simply work with, rather than against, each other. Together, we must act with confidence and imagination.

We cannot settle for an economy that is dependent on a handful of major employers. We will nurture an environment where start-ups and small businesses can experiment and thrive.

We cannot settle for schools that are better-funded versions of the schools we remember from 20 years ago. We will help the schools that will prepare our children for the jobs 20 years from now.

We cannot settle for the sick care system we inherited from our parents. We will create a health care system that pays for performance and delivers quality care at a price that families and taxpayers can afford.

This is our time. To look ahead. To leap ahead. To lead.

I thank each of you, the people of Delaware and the state employees who serve them, for your support over these past three difficult years and all you have done by working together to keep Delaware moving forward.