NORTHEAST INDIANA - Lieutenant Tony Casto, commander of the Indiana State Police Fort Wayne District, announced that troopers will participate in Operation Pull Over Blitz 68, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
Beginning Friday, Aug. 19, the Indiana State Police will join more than 260 Indiana law enforcement agencies to crack down on impaired drivers. The campaign continues through Sept. 5.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, statistics show that twice as many alcohol-impaired collisions occur over the weekend. That incidence increases significantly during the nighttime.
“We know when impaired drivers are more likely to be on the road, and we will have troopers out during these times. From sobriety checkpoints to saturation patrols, we plan to be particularly vigilant during these periods,” Lieutenant Casto said.
Indiana has seen a decline in alcohol-related collisions over the past five years; but there are those who continue to drive impaired. Of the more than 400 alcohol-related collisions on Indiana roadways in 2010, nearly 40 percent resulted in death or injury.
According to the most recent data from NHTSA, nearly a third of the nation’s traffic-related motor vehicle fatalities involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol content of more than .08 – an average of one fatality every 48 minutes.
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national enforcement effort supported by federal funding allocated to the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country will participate in this annual enforcement effort. Indiana’s crackdown on impaired driving will be reinforced by both statewide and national media campaigns, as well as public outreach efforts geared towards the prevention of impaired driving.
For more information, visit NHTSA’s High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at www.StopImpairedDriving.org.