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For Immediate Release
August 22, 2017
For more information contact:
Lt. Joseph T. DiRusso

Sobriety Checkpoint, Walpole and Chesterfield

As a result of the increasing incidents of drinking and/or drugged 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 and Chesterfield.

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 and Chesterfield Police Departments, will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints in the Walpole and Chesterfield areas over the course of the next few weekends.

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, Cheshire County Attorney Chris McLaughlin, Walpole Police Chief Michael Paquette, and Chesterfield Police Chief Duane Chickering 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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