Delaware plans 90 DUI patrols, four sobriety checkpoints over New Year’s weekend

The Delaware Office of Highway Safety’s 13th annual Safe Family Holiday campaign concludes this weekend.

Since Thanksgiving local, county and state police forces have conducted a number of high-visibility enforcement efforts and public awareness campaigns to encourage safety on the roadways and to discourage driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

DUI checkpoints are planned for Friday night in Rehoboth Beach and Clayton, and New Year’s Eve in Newport and Millsboro.  Additionally, 90 saturation patrols will supplement the checkpoint activity. 

Since Thanksgiving, OHS says 24 people have been hurt in crashes involving impaired drivers, five of them last week.  Over the Christmas weekend, 23 people were arrested for DUI.  Police also issued 506 citations for other various traffic offenses, and apprehended 20 wanted individuals. 

On New Year’s Eve 2010, 20 drivers were arrested under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

For more information about the Safe Family Holiday campaign, CLICK HERE.

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