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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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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - State Police say a Delaware man with five DUI convictions has been arrested again on charges of drunken driving.

Authorities say 41-year-old Lance Q. Perry of Georgetown was arrested shortly after midnight Tuesday after a trooper spotted him committing a traffic violation.

Perry is charged with sixth offense driving under the influence, driving while his license has been suspended or revoked, and failure to have two headlights.

Perry was being held on $7,001 cash bond. It was not immediately clear whether he has a lawyer.

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BERLIN, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man who police say crashed into a trooper's car has been charged with driving under the influence.

News outlets report that Maryland State Police said in a release that 33-year-old Denver Alan Shoemaker, of Berlin, was arrested early Saturday morning.

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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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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.


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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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are calling a recent DUI "Checkpoint Strikeforce" a success.

WBOC-TV reports Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Keith Banks says 11 DUIs were given during the July 15 checkpoint strikeforce, which was held in five locations. Of those DUIs, Banks says five were issued in Rehoboth.

Office of Highway Safety officials also say they believe the initiative was successful because more than 105 state and local police officers participated.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a man found passed out at the wheel of his car has been charged with his 5th DUI offense.

Troopers said in a news release that Tuesday night, a 911 caller reported a man was unconscious in a car on North Union Church Road in Milford.

Police say a paramedic revived the man, who became combative and was arrested. Authorities say the man was taken to a local hospital, and again became combative and tried to flee.