Friday sobriety checkpoints announced

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Three sobriety checkpoints are scheduled for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend beginning Friday, May 28th at 10 p.m. and continuing into Saturday, May 29th at 2 a.m.

The Friday before Memorial Day tends to show an increase in impaired drivers. The checkpoints are part of a weekend-long mobilization to educate Delawareans to plan ahead of their celebration festivities and always secure a sober ride home.

“A major component of these checkpoints is the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to plan ahead and use sober designated drivers,” explains Kimberly Chesser, Director of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety.

The following are the scheduled checkpoint locations for the holiday weekend:

  • New Castle County – Limestone Road in Wilmington
  • Kent County – U.S. 13 in Dover
  • Sussex County – State Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach

The Memorial Day holiday DUI checkpoint activation will include seventy-four law enforcement officers from twenty local, county, and municipal police agencies in addition to Delaware State Police. At least one Drug Recognition Enforcement (DRE) officer will be part of the checkpoint activation in each county. The checkpoint locations are in targeted areas known to have a high number of DUI arrests and crashes including both injuries and fatalities.

Campaign tactics include billboards throughout the state, digital media, on-demand video streaming platform messaging, plus social media and organic posts via Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok.

Delawareans who are currently subscribed for text alert updates will see a text message come through notifying them of the upcoming DUI checkpoints planned for this weekend, including the locations. To sign up for OHS text alert updates, visit https://www.arrivealivede.com/drive-sober/.

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