|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lieutenant Christopher W. Vetter
|August 15, 2013
Sobriety Checkpoints - Portsmouth
As a result of the increasing incidents of drinking and driving, the New Hampshire State Police, in cooperation with the Portsmouth Police Department, applied for, and was granted, two Superior Court Petitions to conduct Sobriety Checkpoints. 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 these checkpoints, which will be conducted in Portsmouth.
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 Portsmouth, the New Hampshire State Police, Troop A, along with the Portsmouth Police Department, will be conducting two separate Sobriety Checkpoints in the Portsmouth area during the week of August 18th.
The purpose of these Sobriety Checkpoints is to detect and apprehend the impaired driver. NH State Police Troop A Commander Lieutenant Christopher W. Vetter and Portsmouth Police Chief Stephen Dubois 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 full extent.