The Londonderry Police Department will be making an effort to stop impaired drivers this weekend. As drinking and driving incidents continue to increase, police have asked for, and received, permission to conduct a “Sobriety Checkpoint.” Checkpoints like these not only force drivers to think twice before drinking, but also gets those already impaired off the road.
Records show that impaired drivers have caused an alarming number of deaths and accidents. In 2008, a total of 53 alcohol related fatalities occurred in New Hampshire alone. 45 of those 53 deaths involved persons with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. These statistics have moved police to conduct these Sobriety Checkpoints.
Londonderry Police, with cooperation from New Hampshire State Police Troopers from Troop B in Bedford, will be conducting a checkpoint this weekend, of July 27, 2012. The purpose will be to detect and apprehend impaired drivers. New Hampshire has some of the most aggressive impaired driving laws in the country and local law enforcement intend to use these to their fullest extent.
Police departments must apply for permission to conduct checkpoints. The Superior Court must then grant the department permission to run the checkpoint. These programs were approved by the New Hampshire Highway Safety Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It provides funds to support the checkpoints.