Highway officials remind everyone to have a safe family holiday

Three killed, 54 injured in alcohol-related crashes
December 22, 2012

Highway safety officials remind everyone to give the gift of safe driving and keep each other safe on the roads by designating a sober driver, limiting distractions in the car, and allowing plenty of time to get to destinations to alleviate aggressive driving behaviors.

According to police reports, there have been a total of 70 alcohol-related crashes since Thanksgiving  of this year that have resulted in 54 persons injured and three killed.  Subsequently, 54 green light bulbs and three red light bulbs will be placed on the DUI Victims Tree which can be found online at

Last year the holiday season ended with two red bulbs and 24 green bulbs.

DUI saturation patrols and checkpoints will continue throughout the entire holiday season and will supplement already scheduled Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI Checkpoints. Recently, eight people were arrested for DUI as part of Checkpoint Strikeforce. This brings the total campaign DUI arrests to 318, however there have been 4,702 DUI arrest made in Delaware since Jan. 1.

Preventing drinking and driving is a shared responsibility to save lives; everyone can do their part with a few simple tips:

For more information on these or any of our other campaign efforts follow on Twitter @DEHighwaySafe, go to, or Like them on Facebook at

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