Delaware law enforcement will be out in force as part of an all out effort to get impaired drivers off the roads New Year's Eve.


     Have you made your New Year’s Eve plans yet? If you’re planning to go out and celebrate and maybe have a few drinks, the most important plan you can have is not where you’re going or what you’re wearing, but who your designated driver will be. That’s because Delaware law enforcement will be out in force as part of an all out effort to get impaired drivers off the roads.
     On the big night, the Delaware Office of Highway Safety is coordinating an intensive enforcement effort which includes three sobriety checkpoints and dozens of DUI Saturation patrols statewide. It’s the last big enforcement push for the 2009 calendar year under OHS’s Safe Family Holiday Campaign, and the National Impaired Driving Crackdown: Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. In 2008, 19 people were arrested for DUI on New Year’s Eve.
     The following are checkpoints scheduled for New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31:
     • Multiple locations in Wilmington by the New Castle County DUI Task Force from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
     • Laurel from the Laurel Police Department
     • Smyrna from the Smyrna Police Department
     Since Jan. 1 of this year, 36 (or 31 percent) of the 116 traffic deaths that have occurred on Delaware roads, have been alcohol-related. That is a 13 percent decrease from this time in 2008. While 2009 is winding down, the Office of Highway Safety already has plans in place for 2010 DUI enforcement, which will begin Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, with saturation patrols scheduled to occur on weekends during the NFL Playoff season. Delaware State Police and 22 County and Municipal police agencies will participate.
     For information on the 11th annual Safe Family Holiday campaign enforcement and public awareness activities, go to website at www.ohs.delaware.gov and click on the Safe Family Holiday campaign icon in the center of the page.