|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2014
|Contact: Staff Sergeant Charles Johnston
Sobriety Checkpoint - Bow
As a result of the increasing incidents of drinking and driving, the New Hampshire State Police applied for, and was granted, an order from the Merrimack County Superior Court to conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint. The “Sobriety Checkpoint” is the most effective method of 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 the Town of Bow.
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, the New Hampshire State Police will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in the Bow area the week of June 1, 2014.
The purpose of the Sobriety Checkpoint is to detect and apprehend the impaired driver. The New Hampshire State Police has 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.
Updated June 8, 2014
On Saturday, June 7, 2014, the New Hampshire State Police Troop D conducted a Safety and Sobriety Checkpoint at the intersection of I89, Route 3A and Hall Street in Bow. State Troopers screened a total of 150 vehicles, which yielded 5 arrests. The arrests included: 2 DWIs, 2 motorists for Possession of Drugs (1 felony) and 1 passenger for Possession of Drugs.