The Delaware State Police conducted multiple checkpoints over the course of the weekend throughout Sussex County, as a measure to enforce Governor Carney’s order restricting out-of-state travelers’ entry into Delaware. The checkpoints occurred between approximately 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days and rotated between roadways which had been identified as having a high volume of out-of-state travelers.

On Saturday, April 4, the checkpoints took place on Plantation Road south of John J. Williams Hwy., Coastal Highway southbound at Route 1A, and northbound Coastal Highway south of Bethany Beach. A total of 1,507 vehicles passed through the three checkpoints, with 1,284 being Delaware vehicles and 223 being from out of state.

On Sunday, April 5, the checkpoints took place on Route 113 in the area of Route 20, south of Millsboro; Rt. 24 in the Long Neck area; and again on northbound Coastal Highway south of Bethany Beach. A total of 1,126 passed through the checkpoints on this day; 872 from Delaware and 254 from out of state.

The seventh Governor’s State of Emergency Declaration requires out-of-state persons traveling into the State of Delaware to self-quarantine for 14 days. This order authorizes any Delaware law enforcement officer to stop a vehicle driving within the state simply because it is displaying an out-of-state tag. This authorization does not apply to vehicles traveling on I-95, I-295, or I-495.

As vehicles proceeded through the checkpoints, those displaying out-of-state tags were stopped, and the drivers were asked limited questions related to their recent travel and purpose for entering Delaware.

The drivers were then informed of the governor’s declaration and advised that if they are coming into Delaware from out of state, they are required by law to self-quarantine for 14 days or immediately return to their home state, state police said.

The interactions with both the Delawareans who passed through the checkpoint, and the out-of-state drivers who were stopped, were productive and non-confrontational, according to state police reports. Delaware State Police said drivers being stopped were “appreciative in being made aware of the governor’s order and what the requirement was.”

There were no citations issued or arrests made during the weekend operation. During the interactions, the state police report said, troopers stressed that the primary purpose of the stop was to inform and to educate as opposed to it being a criminal enforcement initiative, although violating the order does constitute a criminal offense.

Directed patrols throughout the state are expected to continue. The purpose of the patrols and checkpoints is to achieve voluntary compliance with the order, through education and awareness. These stops are intended to serve the public welfare by helping to prevent and contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus, state police said.

For information regarding the Governor’s State of Emergency Declaration and associated restrictions log on to: https://de.gov/coronavirus.