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For Immediate Release
July 22, 2016
For more information contact:
Lieutenant Joseph DiRusso

Sobriety Checkpoint, Newport and Sunapee

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 Newport and Sunapee.

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 Sullivan County, the New Hampshire State Police, in conjunction with the Newport and Sunapee Police Departments, will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints in the Newport and Sunapee areas around the end of July and/or in early September.

The purpose of the Sobriety Checkpoint is to deter, detect and apprehend the impaired driver. New Hampshire State Police Troop C Commander, Lieutenant Joseph DiRusso, Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway, Newport Police Chief James Burroughs, and Sunapee Police Chief David Cahill 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.

   
 
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