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Verbatim: Blitz targets DWIs, seat belts

Statement issued by Indiana State Police Fort Wayne District:

Fort Wayne, IN –During the 2009 Thanksgiving holiday period, two people lost their lives on Indiana highways, and both of those fatalities were alcohol related. In an effort to prevent senseless injuries and fatalities from occurring on Indiana’s roadways this Thanksgiving holiday season, the Indiana State Police along with more than 250 law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be participating in the Safe Family Travel enforcement blitz.

Safe Family Travel is a statewide, annual enforcement campaign, funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that combines high visibility seat belt and impaired driving patrols. The effort will start this Friday, November 12th, and run through Sunday, November 28th. During this time, Indiana law enforcement officers will work thousands of overtime hours, day and night, to ensure that motorists are driving responsibly and traveling safely on the state’s roadways.

“We want everyone to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and we expect motorists to celebrate responsibly by using their seat belts and designating a sober driver before festivities begin,” said Lieutenant Rob Townsend, Fort Wayne District Commander. “It only takes a few seconds to plan ahead and save a life,” he continued. Studies from the NHTSA have consistently shown that wearing a seat belt increases one’s chances of surviving a crash by more than 50 percent.

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