Checkpoint Strikeforce will be conducted in Rehoboth March 17

March 16, 2018

Police will be out in full force in Delaware and Maryland as part of the Border to Border multi-jurisdictional deployment. Delaware State Police along with the Delmar, Laurel, Seaford, Bridgeville and Greenwood police departments will be partnering with Maryland and Virginia law enforcement agencies to patrol the entire length of U.S. 13 from Virginia to north of the Delaware line. Delaware's DUI checkpoint enforcement period will be Saturday, March 17 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., in Sussex on both north and southbound lanes of Route 1 near Rehoboth Beach and Concord Road in Seaford.

There will be at least one drug recognition expert at each checkpoint.

On St. Patrick's Day, there is a spike in impaired driving crashes from year to year. Nationally, from 2012-16, 269 lives were lost in impaired driving crashes during the St. Patrick's Day holiday. In Delaware, from 2012-16, there have been 62 arrests and 31 crashes resulting in 27 injuries during the holiday period.

"As you celebrate St. Patrick's Day we want everyone to think of your family, friends and other drivers traveling on our roads in Delaware. Drink responsibly and discourage others from drunk or buzzed driving. If you feel buzzed, you should not drive. Please have a plan before you go out, and pick a designated driver who is responsible and will not drink. The Delaware State Police and local law enforcement agencies up and down the state have partnered together to enhance motorists’ safety with extra patrols and DUI enforcement at checkpoints in all three counties. Think about the safety of others as more families are traveling on Delaware roads,” said Sgt. Richard Bratz, Delaware State Police Public Information director.

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