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Contact: Lieutenant Christopher Vetter
August 1 , 2014 (603) 223-8490


Sobriety Checkpoint - Portsmouth

As a result of the increasing incidents of drinking and driving, the New Hampshire State Police have applied for 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 the Portsmouth area.

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. Therefore, in an effort to maintain safe roads in the Portsmouth area, the New Hampshire State Police, Troop A, will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in the Portsmouth area during the week of August 3, 2014.

Updated August 9, 2014

On August 8, 2014, the New Hampshire State Police conducted a Sobriety Checkpoint on the Spaulding Turnpike in the city of Portsmouth.  A total of 419 vehicles were stopped and screened; 10 arrests were made for charges including DWI, Operating after Suspension, and Possession of a Controlled Drug.

All those charged are scheduled to appear in the 10th Circuit Court Portsmouth Division on September 8, 2014 at 8:00.



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