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Delaware lawmakers are looking to lower the threshold for drunk driving from .08 to .05 for blood alcohol content.

That would make the First State the second to drop its threshold to below the national standard.

Representative Joseph Miro (R-DE) the bill’s chief sponsor told the Wilmington News Journal that while there is no guarantee he hope it will make the road safer.

He said if there are more people looking at DUI charges because of the lower threshold people will be more conscious of it.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland police arrested 12 drunken drivers at a checkpoint in Anne Arundel County.

Police say the sobriety checkpoint and saturation patrol in Anne Arundel County was conducted on Governor Ritchie Highway in Annapolis over the weekend.

Police say during a three-hour, multi-agency initiative roughly 214 cars were checked, and a dozen drivers were removed from their vehicles and taken into custody after failing the sobriety test.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police say a Maryland man has been charged with drunken driving after hitting a Pennsylvania man with his car, killing him.

The Ocean City Police Department says 23-year-old James Ednie of Kelton, Pennsylvania was crossing Coastal Highway near an intersection early Sunday when he was hit. Police say he was not using the crosswalk. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police identified the driver as 50-year-old Stanley Faison of Waldorf. Police say he has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and other traffic-related charges.

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Delaware’s DUI checkpoints have racked up 59 arrests for impaired driving since July.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that more than 37-hundred people have been arrested for driving under the influence this year along with 39 deaths that have been attributed to alcohol.

The paper reports that on after Saturday 12 more people face DUI charges.

Other charges from the weekend checkpoint ranged from drug, child seatbelt and cell phone violations to those wanted by the law.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Authorities say Delaware police will be out in force this weekend in an effort to crack down on drunken driving.

State highway safety officials say more than 100 police officers will gather in Wilmington, Bear, Dover, Rehoboth Beach and Seaford to conduct checkpoints. Police will be conducting checkpoints in five different locations:  two in New Castle County, two in Sussex County and one in Kent County.

Officials say two similar checkpoint operations, in July and September, resulted in 28 DUI arrests.

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Come this Saturday if you’re convicted of driving under the influence in Maryland you will be required to install an interlock device on your vehicle.

It’s known as Noah’s Law named after Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta who was killed after he stopped a driver suspected of being impaired.

The law is designed to cut down on the number of crashes caused impaired drivers.

The interlock devices use a standard breathalyzer before a driver can turn on his vehicle.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia law enforcement officials will be on the lookout for drunken drivers this holiday weekend.

Officials say law enforcement members in the state will conduct about 140 sobriety checkpoints over Labor Day weekend. They will also be performing 530 saturation patrols, which are concentrated enforcement efforts aimed at cracking down on impaired driving.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating the death of a Sussex County prison inmate being held on drunken-driving charges.
Authorities say 54-year-old Lloyd Lindner of Bridgeville arrived at Sussex Correctional Institution shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday. An ambulance was called shortly after 6:30 p.m. that evening after he fell from a second floor railing.
Police are investigating the death as an apparent suicide.


Mark Shaeffer who is running for a seat on the Sussex County Council in the third district was charged with drunk driving on Monday.

Authorities say the incident occurred around 11 p.m. at Savannah Road and Gills Neck Road in downtown Lewes.

Police Chief Tom Spell told the Salisbury Daily Times that the 57 year old Shaeffer was believed to be impaired and given a breath test.

He was arrested and eventually released to his family.

The Daily Times reports that yesterday morning Schaeffer confirmed the charge in an email.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police in Annapolis are launching a new program to combat drunk driving.

The first event of the "Know Your Limit" program is scheduled for Thursday, which is Cinco de Mayo. Police say officers will be located near the Annapolis Market House to offer free breathalyzer tests and distribute literature about drunk driving.

The police department says drivers can show signs of impairment even when they are under the legal level limit for blood alcohol content.