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Statement issued Monday:

Fort Wayne, IN – Beginning Friday, March 4th, Troopers from the Indiana State Police will join more than 250 law enforcement agencies from across the Hoosier state in the Drunk Driving … Over the Limit, Under Arrest crackdown on impaired and dangerous driving.

Through March 20th, officers will work overtime to conduct high-visibility enforcement activities designed specifically to identify impaired drivers. Motorists will also see an increased number of patrols looking for aggressive drivers and unrestrained motorists during the 17-day mobilization.

“Impaired driving is a crime – one too deadly to ignore,” said Lieutenant Tony Casto, Fort Wayne District Commander. “That’s why we don’t give warnings, or accept excuses – if you’re over the limit, in our 11 county coverage area, you will be arrested.”

In March 2009, there were 41 fatalities on Indiana roadways. Of these, 24 percent involved a driver who was legally intoxicated. According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), alcoholic beverages continue to be assigned as the primary factor in more than one-third of alcohol related collisions in the state of Indiana.

Operation Pull Over Blitz 66 is a statewide enforcement effort supported by federal funding allocated to the Indiana State Police from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). Indiana’s crackdown on impaired driving will be reinforced by a paid statewide media campaign as well as public outreach efforts geared towards the prevention of impaired driving.

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