Delaware Participates in National Crackdown on Drunk Driving - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Delaware Participates in National Crackdown on Drunk Driving

Posted: Updated:

 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.



  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Golden Retriever Show Attracts Thousands to Salisbury

    Golden Retriever Show Attracts Thousands to Salisbury

    09/25/2017 17:25:00 -04:002017-09-25 21:25:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 5:30 PM EDT2017-09-25 21:30:03 GMT
    The 2017 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty is coming to Salisbury. The events will take at the Wicomico Civic Center as well as the Crown Sports Center in Fruitland.More
    The 2017 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty is coming to Salisbury. The events will take at the Wicomico Civic Center as well as the Crown Sports Center in Fruitland.More
  • Salisbury Man Leads Deputy on Brief Pursuit

    Salisbury Man Leads Deputy on Brief Pursuit

    09/25/2017 16:59:00 -04:002017-09-25 20:59:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 5:11 PM EDT2017-09-25 21:11:28 GMT
    A Dover woman was arrested after providing officers with a fake name.A Dover woman was arrested after providing officers with a fake name.
    A Salisbury man led a deputy on a brief chase Sunday afternoon, according to the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.More
    A Salisbury man led a deputy on a brief chase Sunday afternoon, according to the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.More
  • New Rehoboth City Hall Now Open

    New Rehoboth City Hall Now Open

    09/25/2017 16:33:00 -04:002017-09-25 20:33:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 4:53 PM EDT2017-09-25 20:53:12 GMT
    REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - After delays and change orders, the City of Rehoboth Beach's new city hall is now open for business.The building also houses the convention center, police department, Alderman Court, and a 911 center, something Mayor Paul Kuhns sayMore
    REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - After delays and change orders, the City of Rehoboth Beach's new city hall is now open for business.The building also houses the convention center, police department, Alderman Court, and a 911 center, something Mayor Paul Kuhns sayMore
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Updated: Police ID Somerset County Murder Victim

    Murder Investigation Underway in Somerset County

    09/24/2017 21:18:00 -04:002017-09-25 01:18:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 11:39 AM EDT2017-09-25 15:39:27 GMT
    (Photo: MGN)(Photo: MGN)
    Maryland State Police have released the name of the victim of an apparent homicide that occurred Sunday afternoon in Somerset County.More
    Maryland State Police have released the name of the victim of an apparent homicide that occurred Sunday afternoon in Somerset County.More
  • Police: Suspect in Coverdale Home Invasion Shot and Killed

    Police: Suspect in Coverdale Home Invasion Shot and Killed

    09/25/2017 07:08:00 -04:002017-09-25 11:08:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 7:26 AM EDT2017-09-25 11:26:38 GMT
    The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is conducting an investigation into the death of a suspect who police say broke into a Coverdale area home Sunday night.More
    The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is conducting an investigation into the death of a suspect who detectives say broke into a home in the Coverdale area east of Bridgeville on Sunday night.More
  • Del. Police Seek Help in Identifying Theft Suspects

    Del. Police Seek Help in Identifying Theft Suspects

    09/25/2017 08:17:00 -04:002017-09-25 12:17:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 8:26 AM EDT2017-09-25 12:26:26 GMT
    Video surveillance photo of theft suspects provided by Delaware State PoliceVideo surveillance photo of theft suspects provided by Delaware State Police
    Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a pair of suspects wanted in connection a series of car break-ins in the Georgetown area.More
    Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a pair of suspects wanted in connection a series of car break-ins in the Georgetown area.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices