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Checkpoint Strikeforce Nets 6 DUI Arrests

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DOVER, Del.- Police in Delaware made six DUI arrests over NASCAR weekend as part of the 2012 Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI prevention campaign.

According to the state Office of Highway Safety, a total of 179 arrests have been made as a part of this campaign, which started in July. Statewide, there have been more than 3,700 DUI arrests this year.

In addition to the DUI arrests, Delaware law enforcement agencies have issued one citation for underage drinking, apprehended two wanted individuals, made two drug arrests, issued one cellphone citation, issued five seatbelt citations, issued one child restraint citation and issued 33 citations for various other traffic violations. 

Two sobriety checkpoints are scheduled to occur the weekend of Oct. 6.  They are scheduled as follows:

  • Friday, Oct. 5- Newark (New Castle County DUI Task Force)-checkpoint                                      
  • Saturday, Oct. 6- Dover (multi-jurisdictional effort)- checkpoint

Someone convicted of a first-time DUI offense in Delaware can expect to lose his or her driver's license for up to three months, attend an 8-week DUI treatment class and pay nearly $4,000 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 6-month-long effort running through New Year's Eve, involves setting up weekly DUI checkpoints statewide.

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