5 DUI Checkpoints and Patrols Planned for Del. This Halloween Weekend
DOVER, Del.- Nationwide in 2008, 58 percent of all fatalities nationwide on Halloween night were alcohol-related, according to the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. That is why the OHS is coordinating statewide stepped up enforcement of Delaware's impaired driving laws throughout the coming Halloween weekend as part of the state's Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign.
Five sobriety checkpoints, along with several DUI saturation patrols, are planned for Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. In addition, the New Castle County DUI Task Force will conduct an 8-hour checkpoint in the Wilmington area to coincide with the popular Halloween loop.
The checkpoints are scheduled for:
Friday, Oct. 30
- Wilmington (New Castle County DUI Task Force);
- Smyrna (Smyrna Police Department);
- Harrington (Harrington Police Department);
Saturday, Oct. 31
- Millsboro (Millsboro Police Department);
- Clayton (Clayton Police Department)
- Seaford (Seaford Police Department- DUI patrols)
Last year, 47 people were arrested for DUI on Halloween weekend as a result of enforcement activities, according to the OHS.
Just last weekend alone, on Oct. 23, people were arrested for DUI at checkpoints conducted by the New Castle County DUI Task Force and the Georgetown Police Department. This brings the total number of DUI arrests for the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign since its July 2 launch to 294.
In addition to Friday night's 16 DUI arrests, officers cited three minors for underage drinking violations, took nine wanted individuals into custody, made six drug arrests, five felony arrests, seized one weapon, issued two seat belt citations, two child restraint citations and 63 citations for various other traffic violations.