Statement issued by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute:
Beginning March 4, more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies will participate in Indiana's impaired and dangerous driving crackdown.
In an effort to help reduce the number of injuries and fatalities that occur on Hoosier roadways, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) and the Governor's Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving today announced their support of the effort, which concludes March 20. Participating agencies will work overtime to conduct high-visibility enforcement activities specifically designed to detect both impaired and aggressive drivers.
"We are dedicated to doing all we can on a programmatic level to make roadways safer for all Hoosiers," said ICJI Executive Director, Dr. T. Neil Moore. "With the public's adherence to traffic laws, and the participation of our law enforcement partners, we will ultimately achieve safer roadways," Moore continued.
Impaired driving is a dangerous crime that far too many drivers continue to commit. Of the 751 fatalities that occurred on Indiana roadways in 2010, more than 20 percent occurred in traffic crashes that involved an impaired driver.
Driving aggressively can also have deadly consequences for motorists. Speeding, following too closely, and failing to yield the right of way are all considered dangerous driving behaviors, and pose a serious threat to traffic safety. In fact, these three factors were to blame for nearly 34 percent of all fatal collisions in Indiana last year.
To learn more, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.org.
"Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest." is an annual, statewide enforcement effort supported by federal funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).