Statement issued Tuesday:
Fort Wayne, IN – Last year, in an effort to help ensure the public’s safety on Indiana highways and to reduce the overall number of crashes, injuries and fatalities by removing the impaired and dangerous driver those roadways, the Indiana State Police arrested 9,497 intoxicated drivers statewide. Troopers from the Fort Wayne post accounted for 920 of those arrests.
In keeping with the Department’s mission and goals relating to traffic safety, the Fort Wayne post was recently awarded an equipment grant from the Drug and Alcohol Consortium (D.A.C.) of Allen County to purchase equipment to be directly used for intoxicated driving enforcement. The grant, which provides $24, 725, will be used to purchase four digital in-car camera systems, five external hard drives and 10 portable breath test instruments.
According to Fort Wayne District Commander, Lieutenant Tony Casto “While there’s no question as to the crash reduction efforts of our troopers on a daily basis, we also want to help ensure that quality OWI cases are sent forth for prosecution. This is done with training, the trooper’s experience and knowledge of those laws, and solid evidence collection and preservation”.
Mike McAlexander, President of the Board of Directors for D.A.C., added that “it’s a wonderful opportunity to use funds generated from user fees collected from those who have been convicted of drunken driving offenses to enhance the equipment needs of law enforcement”.