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DUI Checkpoints to Take Place Throughout Delaware over Halloween Weekend

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DOVER, Del.- The Delaware Office of Highway Safety says they will be conducting DUI Checkpoints throughout multiple areas of Delaware over the Halloween weekend. 

Police say in a release they are calling it "Operation Checkpoint Strikeforce", in each county of Delaware for the Halloween weekend. 

Police say, this zero-tolerance initiative in Delaware, which was implemented since 2002, is designed to get impaired drivers off of our roads using checkpoints and patrols. It says, the initiative also aims to educate drivers on the dangers and consequences of driving impaired including injury, death, and over $6,000 in fines (for the first DUI).

During Halloween weekend, Delaware State Police and local law enforcement will be conducting the DUI checkpoints in all three counties on SaturdayOct. 26, into Sunday morning, Oct. 27, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., as follows:

  • US-40 in Newark
  • US-13 in Dover
  • Sussex Highway in Seaford

Police say so far in 2019, there are 16 confirmed DUI fatalities (note: this number is not final as there are crashes still under investigation for impairment). 

“This year, Halloween falls on a Thursday, so we’re certain to see extra celebrations throughout this weekend, and everyone celebrating should plan to ensure a ride home,” said Kimberly Chesser, Director, Delaware Office of Highway Safety. “If you plan to drink, there are many options for a safe ride home. Have a friend designated as a sober driver, or use a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft."

In addition to the Halloween Weekend Checkpoint Strikeforce, OHS says they want to remind the public of best practices for a safe night on the roads this Halloween:

  • If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
  • Find a safe ride statewide from the OHS Safe Ride resource link https://www.arrivealivede.com/Drive-Sober/Safe-Rides#wilmington
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely. They're worth it.
  • For more information on the consequences of driving impaired, visit https://www.arrivealivede.com/Drive-Sober/Consequences.
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