The Delaware Office of Highway Safety coordinated DUI checkpoints in all counties from 10 p.m. July 14 until 2 a.m. July 15.

Working together with the Delaware State Police and local law enforcement, OHS supported three DUI checkpoints across the state.

OHS reported that Checkpoint Strikeforce was successful. The statewide media coverage was a deterrent that discouraged many impaired drivers from taking to the highways. In Delaware, officers made six DUI arrests and netted an additional 96 traffic arrests or citations for other infractions, including 17 seatbelt assessments, 12 drug arrests and the apprehension of one wanted person.

“OHS thanks the Delaware State Police and local law enforcement agencies who manned the checkpoints to keep impaired drivers off of our roadways. Due to extensive media coverage, lives were saved because, we believe, people heeded and spread the message, and made safe choices,” said Mitch Topal, marketing specialist and public information officer, Delaware Office of Public Safety.

OHS will coordinate the next Checkpoint Strikeforce effort Sept. 1, which will include four DUI checkpoints statewide and DUI patrols to deter the public from driving while impaired.

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