Police in crackdown against drunk driving
"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" is the newest theme of a police push to crackdown on drunk drivers, it was announced Monday by Decatur Police Chief Ken Ketzler.
Ketzler said in an effort to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities on Indiana roadways in March, local law enforcement agencies across the state started the new program on Friday. The high-visibility crackdown will take place from March 2-18, which in Indiana covers the Big Ten basketball tournament in Indianapolis, the St. Patrick's Day holiday, and other sporting events.
"As with any sporting event, fans gather and may have a few drinks while cheering for their favorite team. Our advice is simple: if you plan on consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver before tipoff," Ketzler said.
The 17-day blitz will include more than 250 state and local police agencies who will be deploying sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and other enforcement tactics designated to detect and remove impaired drivers from the road.
Officers will also be on a lookout for aggressive drivers such as those who speed, run red lights, tailgate, and commit other traffic violations.
A similar program at this time last year resulted in 633 arrests for driving while intoxicated across the state. However, there were still eight fatalities due to an impaired driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or above.
The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign is part of Operation Pull Over, a federally-funded enforcement initiative.