August 24, 2012
Sobriety Checkpoint - Chichester
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 Chichester.
A review of records has shown that the use of alcohol by individuals who operator 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 Chichester area during the week of August 26, 2012.
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.
September 1, 2012 - UPDATE
On Friday August 31, 2012, the New Hampshire State Police - Troop D conducted a Safety and Sobriety Checkpoint on Route 4 in the town of Chichester. During the checkpoint, State Troopers screened a total of 361 vehicles, which yielded 5 arrests.
The arrests included one motorist for Driving while a Habitual Offender, two motorists for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, one motorist for Operating a Motor Vehicle while under suspension for DWI, and one motorist for Possession of Drugs. All subjects arrested are scheduled for arraignment in the Concord District Court.
The New Hampshire State Police is committed to taking an aggressive stance in utilizing Safety and Sobriety Checkpoints as a tool to deter, detect, and apprehend persons while driving when intoxicated. New Hampshire has some of the most aggressive laws in the country to fight the intoxicated driver and we are dedicated to using those tools to their full extent to make sure our citizens and visitors are safe when operating their vehicles on our roadways.