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Delaware Participates in National Crackdown on Drunk Driving

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 DOVER, Del. (WBOC)- The Delaware Office of Highway Safety and law enforcement agencies are participating in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 10,000 lives would be spared nationally each year if drunk driving was eliminated. Officials said the high-visibility campaign is geared toward increasing public awareness and enforcement to send the message that drunk driving will not be tolerated.

“The focus of the patrols is to take impaired drivers off the roadways, but also they address other issues as well, such as drivers who aren’t wearing seatbelts, distracted driving and using cellphones, speeding and other dangerous behaviors behind the wheel,” said Alison Kirk, Community Relations Officer for the State of Delaware Office of Highway Safety.

The following agencies will be participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign: Blades PD, Bridgeville PD, Camden PD, Clayton PD, Delaware City PD, Dewey Beach PD, Dover PD, Elsmere PD, Felton PD, Georgetown PD, Greenwood PD, Harrington PD, Laurel PD, Lewes PD, Middletown PD, Milford PD, Millsboro PD, Milton PD, New Castle City PD, New Castle County PD, Newark PD, Newport PD, Ocean View PD, Rehoboth Beach PD, Seaford PD, Smyrna PD, Wilmington PD, Wyoming PD, and Delaware State Police.

Kirk said the funds for overtime for these patrols comes from federal grant money.

Delaware is also coordinating the regional Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign to combat impaired driving. Law enforcement agencies are conducting DUI checkpoints each weekend across the state. A checkpoint conducted by the Delaware State Police is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 16 in the Seaford area.

So far this year in Delaware, 33 people have died in 28 alcohol-related crashes. Last week, 72 people were arrested for DUI in the state, bringing the total number of arrests statewide to 2,486 for 2014.  

Last year in Delaware, 43 percent of the 96 fatal crashes involved alcohol use. Of all the drivers killed last year, 41 percent were under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

Nationally in 2012, 147 drunk-driving fatalities occurred over Labor Day weekend. To put it in perspective, that means one personal died in an alcohol-related crash every 34 minutes, compared to the year-long average of one person every 51 minutes.

For more information about the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign or the “Checkpoint Strikeforce” campaign, visit  www.ohs.delaware.gov, www.DUIrealtime.com. You can also follow regular campaign updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DEHighwaySafe and Facebook www.facebook.com/ArriveAliveDE.



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