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Del. Checkpoint Nets 11 DUIs, OHS Calls it a Success

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Checkpoint Strikeforce (Photo: OHS) Checkpoint Strikeforce (Photo: OHS)

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - Officials with the Office of Highway Safety said last week's "Checkpoint Strikeforce" was a success, but there is still work to do to lower the number of deaths related to drinking and driving.

Tony Malhotra owns Uncle Willie's gas station in Lewes and has a "Drive Sober, Arrive Alive" poster on his ice machine from the OHS. He said he hopes people heed that message.

"You never know when people are drunk, they keep driving without common sense," he said. "People see that, people when they come here, a big sign outside, people read it and I hope they can understand."

Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Keith Banks hopes the same thing.

"The biggest reason why we all need to work together in law enforcement is because fatalities continue to rise throughout the year," he said.

Banks is right. According to OHS, in 2013 there were 43 deaths related to drunk driving, 61 in 2014, and 61 again in 2015. So far this year there have been more than 12.

The checkpoint strikeforce, held July 15th, was in five locations with more than 105 state and local police officers. Eleven DUIs were given, five of which Banks said were in Rehoboth.

"The reality is some probably got away," Chief Banks said. "But most importantly, I'm hoping that people decided hey, you know what, let me call a friend and take me home, let me call that taxi and take an alternative way home, so I think it was a success."

OHS officials said they think it was a success as well because of the use of multi-jurisdictional police presence.

Another checkpoint strikeforce will be held on September 23rd.
 

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