The Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign by Delaware law enforcement officials netted 17 arrests throughout the state the weekend of Oct. 8 and 9.


Delaware law enforcement officers arrested 17 individuals for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and/or drugs during week fifteen, Oct. 8 and 9, of the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign.

Checkpoints were conducted by the New Castle County DUI Task Force in Newport on Route 4 and Delaware State Police Troop 4 in Fenwick on Route 54. DUI saturation patrols were also conducted by Camden PD, Millsboro PD, and Harrington PD.  

In addition to the 17 DUI arrests, officers cited eight individuals for seat belt violations, issued two child restraint citations, apprehended five wanted individuals, made 11 drug arrests, arrested eight for felonies, made two underage drinking arrests, and issued 85 citations for various other traffic violations.  

One sobriety checkpoint and five patrols are scheduled to occur this weekend. 

Twenty people have lost their lives in alcohol related crashes in 2010 compared to 32 at this time last year.

“OHS along with the Delaware law enforcement community will continue our efforts to prevent senseless tragedies resulting from DUI crashes with high visibility DUI enforcement and awareness activities,” said Jana Simpler, Director for the Office of Highway Safety (OHS)

Now in its ninth year, “Checkpoint Strikeforce” is a multi-state crackdown on impaired drivers coordinated by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. The campaign involves weekly sobriety checkpoints and patrols through New Year’s Eve and stepped up enforcement during peak holiday times such as Labor Day, Halloween and the month of December. Twenty-five law enforcement agencies are participating in this year’s campaign.  

“Checkpoint Strikeforce” is one of the major highway safety initiatives targeting violators of Delaware’s traffic laws.  Traffic deaths kill and injure Delawareans nearly twice as often as violent crimes.  Follow campaign updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DEHighwaySafe or on our website at www.ohs.delaware.gov.