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Del. Announces DUI Checkpoints for Fourth of July Holiday Weekend

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DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Office of Highway Safety says law enforcement agencies across the state will be cracking down on impaired driving during their 13th Annual Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign.

The first checkpoints of the season are scheduled for Friday, July 5, in Wilmington, and Saturday, July 6, in Dover. There are 56 sobriety checkpoints scheduled during the six-month campaign, enforced by the DUI Task Force and Delaware State Police. Members of the Georgetown, Rehoboth Beach, and Milford police departments will conduct checkpoints within their city limits in the next six months.

According to the OHS, alcohol was involved in more than half of the 110 fatal crashes Delaware last year. Around Independence Day in 2012, 46 people had died in traffic accidents. Forty-eight percent of those deaths involved alcohol. The OHS said that so far, only 17 of the 49 traffic deaths in Delaware have been alcohol-related.

People convicted of a first-time DUI offense in Delaware could spend up to one year in prison, lose their license, attend an eight-week DUI treatment class and pay thousands of dollars in court, treatment, DMV, and attorney's fees.

The OHS will tally the number of DUI arrests made each week and put the total on billboards along I-95 in Wilmington and Route 113 in Georgetown, as well as onwww.duirealtime.com .

Highway safety officials said officers participating in the 2012 campaign made 327 DUI arrests.

 

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