August 7, 2012
Walpole Sobriety Checkpoint
As a result of the increasing incidents of drinking and driving, the New Hampshire State Police petitioned for, and was granted, Superior Court authorization to conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint. The “Sobriety Checkpoint” is an effective method of deterring, detecting and apprehending the impaired operator.
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 Walpole.
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 Cheshire County, the New Hampshire State Police, in conjunction with the Walpole Police Department, will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in the Walpole area during the first two weeks of August.
The purpose of the Sobriety Checkpoint is to deter, detect and apprehend the impaired driver. New Hampshire State Police Troop C Commander, Lieutenant Jerome A. Maslan, Cheshire County Attorney Peter Heed, and Walpole Police Chief Michael Paquette have taken an aggressive stance to prevent persons from driving while 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.
A press conference will be held prior to the checkpoint. The press conference has been scheduled for August 8, 2012 at 10:00 at the Cheshire County Attorney’s Office.
August 29, 2012 - UPDATE
On August 11-12, 2012, New Hampshire State Police Troop C, in conjunction with the Walpole Police Department, conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Route 12 in the Walpole. During the checkpoint, law enforcement screened a total of 86 vehicles, yielding the following results:
- 1 DWI
- 1 Transportation of Drugs
- 1 Possession of a loaded firearm within a vehicle
The New Hampshire State Police is committed to using the Sobriety Checkpoint as a tool to deter, detect and apprehend the impaired driver.
This program is approved and supported by the NH Highway Safety Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.