The Kitty Hawk Police Department recently held the first of what will be many afternoon DWI checkpoint.

Kitty Hawk officers were joined by personnel from the Southern Shores and Kill Devil Hills Police Departments, NC Highway Patrol and Alcohol Law Enforcement. During operation of the checkpoint, motorists were issued citations for not having a driver's license, have open containers of alcohol and for expired inspections and registrations.

The Kitty Hawk Police Department is following recommendations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for low manpower checkpoints instead of the traditional 30-40 officers in attendance. This new concept allows agencies to plan a checkpoint in a matter of days instead of months and thus provide greater coverage with smaller checkpoints in needed locations.

Law enforcment agencies in Dare County and throughout the state will be participating next week in an upcoming joint speed enforcement campaign with the NC Governor's Highway Safety Office and the NC Highway Patrol. The "No Need 2 Speed" campaign and the NC Highway Patrol's Operation Slow Down will run jointly from April 2 to 8 in an effort to slow down motorists on the roads of North Carolina. Each year in the United States, there are approximately 13,000 deaths due to speed related crashes. Results of the campaign can be found at