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Del. Launching Annual Sobriety Checkpoint Campaign

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC) - Delaware authorities are holding the state's first sobriety checkpoint of the 14th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign for drivers this weekend.

The first checkpoint of the campaign is scheduled for Friday, the Fourth of July, in Newport.

Last year, police say alcohol was involved in 47 percent of 96 fatal crashes, which resulted in 47 deaths.

Sobriety checkpoints will be scheduled to take place each month during a six-month campaign. There will be stepped up enforcement during peak holiday times, including Labor Day, Halloween and the month of December.

Delaware authorities say alcohol-related fatalities are down this year, compared to this time last year. Seventeen of this year's 65 traffic deaths have been alcohol-related. At this time last year, there were 50 fatalities and 50 percent involved alcohol.

The campaign's enforcement activities will be supplemented by a new, intense public awareness and education campaign. Paid messages will be placed on TV, radio spots, billboards, print ads, online, and other various locations.

Those convicted of a first time DUI offense in Delaware will have to attend an 8-week DUI treatment program, lose their license, and could face up to one year in prison.

For a list of DUI checkpoints in your area text CHECKPOINT to 99000 and for a list of cab companies text TAXI to 99000. More information and resources on Checkpoint Strikeforce can be found at ohs.delaware.gov and DUIRealTime.com.

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