SUNAPEE –– New Hampshire State Police’s Special Enforcement Unit, utilizing state police aircraft, cracked down on hazardous driving behavior on Monday, leading to multiple arrests including a driver for driving while intoxicated (DWI) and a motorcyclist for reckless operation.
The operations, which focused on Interstate 93 in Windham and Interstate 89 in Sunapee, resulted in 110 violations.
These included one DWI, 41 instances of drivers traveling over 90 mph, four instances of drivers traveling over 100 mph, and several other motor vehicle violations.
At 3:29 p.m., Sergeant Jay LaPointe, from the Special Enforcement Unit, clocked a vehicle traveling at 95 mph on Interstate 89 southbound in Sunapee.
Trooper Samuel Provenza, acting on information provided by Sergeant LaPointe, stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver, Peter H. Dempsey, 44, of Blacksburg, VA, for DWI.
Dempsey is due in the 5th Circuit District Division Newport Court on October 10, 2023.
Approximately 45 minutes later, Sergeant LaPointe spotted a motorcycle traveling at 133 mph on the same stretch of Interstate.
Trooper First Class Christopher Ball stopped the motorcyclist, identified as Joshua Sifferman, 29, of Webster, NH.
Sifferman was arrested for reckless driving and is also scheduled to appear in the 5th Circuit District Division Newport Court on October 10, 2023.
These operations were in response to an uptick in traffic violations and crashes on New Hampshire highways.
The use of the state police aircraft allowed troopers to monitor and enforce traffic laws more effectively, leading to a significant reduction in reckless driving and other dangerous behaviors.