Biden, Police Fight Drunk Driving


Attorney General authorizes 98 officers to participate in Checkpoint Strikeforce

As the July 4th holiday weekend rapidly approaches, Attorney General Beau Biden swore-in 98 police officers from agencies throughout Delaware to the state’s Checkpoint Strikeforce program this week. Checkpoint Strikeforce is a statewide campaign that brings together police officers from up and down the state to conduct weekly sobriety checkpoints between the 4th of July holiday weekend and New Year’s Eve. Last year, the program netted 528 DUI arrests.
“Drunk drivers not only put their own lives at risk, but also endanger everyone else on the road,” said Attorney General Biden. “Checkpoint Strikeforce enables law enforcement to put up a united front throughout Delaware to get impaired drivers off the streets and deter others from making a potentially deadly decision in the first place.”
Biden was joined at the two swearing-in ceremonies by Andrea Summers, Traffic Safety Program Coordinator for the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, which coordinates Checkpoint Strikeforce.
“Checkpoint Strikeforce is the cornerstone of our efforts to combat loss of life on Delaware roads caused by impaired drivers,” said Summers.  “We greatly appreciate the strong partnership we have with the Attorney General’s office which makes the operation of our highly successful New Castle County DUI Task Force possible, and this year will enable two of our Kent and Sussex agencies that need assistance in staffing checkpoints to receive similar assistance from the surrounding law enforcement agencies.”

Checkpoint Strikeforce is now in its 10th year in Delaware. The swearing-in ceremonies conducted by the Attorney General provide the legal justification necessary to allow police officers to make DUI arrests in towns other than their own. 28 officers from seven agencies in Kent and Sussex Counties were sworn-in today in Dover. On Monday, the Attorney General swore-in 70 officers from eight New Castle County police agencies in Wilmington. A total of 22 Delaware police agencies participate in the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign.