August 20, 2012
Lancaster Sobriety Checkpoint
As a result of the increasing incidents of drinking and driving, the New Hampshire State Police, in cooperation with the Lancaster Police Department, applied for, and was granted, a Superior Court Petition to conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint. The Sobriety Checkpoint is one of the most effective methods of detecting and apprehending the impaired driver. The program, approved by the NH Highway Safety Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provides federal highway safety funds to support this checkpoint, which will be conducted in Lancaster.
A review of records has shown that the use of alcohol by individuals who operate motor vehicles has resulted in an alarming number of deaths and personal injury accidents. The number of DWI arrests made in the north country continues to be high. Therefore, in an effort to maintain safe roads in Lancaster, the New Hampshire State Police - Troop F, along with the Lancaster Police Department, will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in the Lancaster area during the week of August 27, 2012 through September 2, 2012.
The purpose of the Sobriety Checkpoint is to detect and apprehend the impaired driver. Troop Commander of Troop F, Lieutenant Todd Landry and Lancaster Police Chief William Colborn have taken an aggressive stance to prevent persons from driving when intoxicated. New Hampshire has some of the most aggressive laws in the country to fight the intoxicated driver and the law enforcement community will use those tools to their fullest extent.
A PRESS CONFERENCE will be held Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the Lancaster Police Department to discuss the details of the checkpoint.
September 6, 2012 - UPDATE
On Saturday, September 1, 2012 beginning at 10:00 PM through Sunday September 2, 2011 at 2:00 AM, the New Hampshire State Police conducted a joint Sobriety Checkpoint on Route 3 in Lancaster, just south of the Fairgrounds.
During the checkpoint, law enforcement officers checked approximately 265 vehicles that traveled through the six lane stations. The Troopers explained to the drivers that the sobriety checkpoint was the reason they were being stopped. All drivers that were not impaired, continued through the checkpoint after producing their driver’s license and motor vehicle registration to the officers. The operation was conducted safely and did not impede the flow of traffic on Route 3.
Although no arrests were made for DWI, the checkpoint was considered a success in deterring motorist from driving while intoxicated.