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DWI, dangerous driving crackdown begins

Statement issued Friday by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute:

Indianapolis, IN. – Beginning today, more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Indiana State Police, will step up patrols in a statewide crackdown on impaired and aggressive drivers.

Earlier this week, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) and the Governor's Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving announced their support of the effort, which ends on March 20.

"Over the next few weeks, law enforcement will dedicate hundreds of hours of over time to making Hoosier roadways safer," said ICJI Executive Director, Dr. T. Neil Moore. "We fully support their efforts, and applaud their commitment to traffic safety in the state of Indiana," 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.com.

"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).

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