|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2014
|Contact: Lieutenant Todd Landry
Sobriety Checkpoint - New Hampton
In a continued effort to decrease the incidents of drinking and driving, the New Hampshire State Police applied for and was granted a Superior Court Order to conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint. The Sobriety Checkpoint is an effective method of detecting and apprehending impaired drivers. The program, approved by the NH Highway Safety Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provides federal highway safety funds to support this checkpoint, which will be conducted in New Hampton.
A review of records has shown that the use of alcohol by individuals who operate motor vehicles has resulted in a consistent number of deaths and personal injury accidents. The number of DUI arrests made in the Lakes Region continues to be high. Therefore, in an effort to maintain safe roads in the area, the New Hampshire State Police Troop F will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in the town of New Hampton during the week of June 15, 2014 through June 21, 2014.
The purpose of the Sobriety Checkpoint is to detect and apprehend the impaired driver. Troop Commander of Troop F, Lt. Todd Landry, has taken an aggressive stance to prevent persons from driving while intoxicated and this Sobriety Checkpoint is one of the tools that is utilized in that effort.
Updated June 23, 2014
On the evening of June 21, 2014 and into June 22, 2014, from the hours of 10:00 PM through 2:00 AM, the NH State Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Rt. 104 in New Hampton in the area of the Rt. 104 Diner. This checkpoint was conducted pursuant to an order which was made by Justice James O’Neil III of the Belknap County Superior Court on May 21, 2014. The order was issued in response to an application by the NH State Police to perform the checkpoint as an efficient means to deter and apprehend impaired motorists.
A total of 274 vehicles were stopped and nine arrests were made for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol of Drugs. Additionally, four (4) arrests were made for the charges of Minor in Possession of Alcohol, Possession of Marijuana and Operating After Suspension.
All arrests were made without incident and the subjects were released on a summons or bail with a court date of June 30, 2014 in the Laconia District Court.
The New Hampshire State Police is committed to taking an aggressive stance in utilizing Sobriety Checkpoints as a tool to deter and arrest intoxicated drivers. New Hampshire has some of the most aggressive laws in the country to fight the intoxicated driver and we are dedicated to ensuring safe travel throughout the state.