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163 Arrested for DUI in Delaware Holiday Crackdown

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01/06/2009 1:46 PM ET

DOVER, Del.- Police in Delaware arrested 163 people for DUI between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve during a statewide holiday campaign against drunk driving, according to the state Office of Highway Safety.

Of the 163 DUI arrests conducted during the OHS' "Safe Family" campaign, 84 were the result of sobriety checkpoints conducted statewide, and the remaining 79 resulted from DUI saturation patrols. 

A total of 30 DUI checkpoints and 276 saturation patrols were scheduled for the campaign's six-week frame. Twenty-one state and local law enforcement agencies participated.

The campaign began on Thanksgiving eve with a statewide enforcement blitz.  In addition to 56 DUI arrests made that first weekend, OHS officials say officers conducted nearly 70 patrols aimed at stopping speeding, aggressive and unbelted drivers.  The patrols resulted in 244 arrests for speeding violations, 122 seat belt citations, and another 221 citations for a variety of other traffic violations

This was the 10th year for the Safe Family Holiday campaign.  For more information about the campaign, and year-round DUI enforcement efforts visit the OHS Web site at www.ohs.delaware.gov
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