You Can't Hide From A DUI —

Driving under the influence of alcohol is not only dangerous, it's illegal - and the Delaware Office of Highway Safety is dedicated to enforcing the law and keeping the roads safe. Now in its thirteenth year, Checkpoint Strikeforce is a six-month statewide enforcement campaign that features an increased number of DUI checkpoints and patrols every weekend from July 1 through December 31.

The goal of Checkpoint Strikeforce is to stop impaired driving throughout Delaware. Any driver who fails a field sobriety test and is found to be over Delaware's Blood Alcohol Concentration Limit of .08 will face severe legal and financial consequences. There is no leniency for first-time offenders. In fact, just one DUI can change your life.

The Consequences of DUI:

• Lose your driver's license

• Pay an average of $6,300 in fines, court costs and attorney fees.

• Jail time.

• Alcohol and drug counseling ($400 - $900 cost to you).

• Get an Ignition Interlock device if applicable ($480 cost to you).

• Pay significantly higher auto insurance premiums.

The Statistics Don't Lie:

• In 2012, over 5,400 people were arrested for DUI in Delaware last year.

• First-time offenders account for 63% of all DUI arrests last year in Delaware.

• Repeat offenders accounted for 37% of all DUI arrests last year in Delaware.

• DUI arrests occur most frequently on Friday (17%), Saturday (23%), and Sunday (22%).

• 25-29 yrs and 35-44 yrs each account for 20% of arrests.

• 76% of those arrested for DUI are males.

• 71% of those arrested were at or above 0.13 BAC.

• Males age 20-29 are most likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash.

• 50% of the alcohol related crashes occurred between 9:00 p.m. through 3:00 a.m.

Accompanying this year's Checkpoint Strikeforce initiative is a public awareness campaign to raise DUI awareness, deter impaired driving and reduce the number of alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes. Paid media in the form of billboards, TV, radio, print, digital, ice chest wraps, liquor store floor clings, and Spanish radio & print ads will reinforce the legal, financial and personal consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Drive Sober. Arrive Alive DE.


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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 09, 2013
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