Statement issued Thursday by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute:
Indianapolis, IN. – More than 260 state and local law enforcement agencies will continue their efforts to detect impaired drivers this holiday weekend, as Indiana’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown continues.
Since the start of the campaign August 19, police have dedicated hundreds of hours of overtime towards increased DUI enforcement activities. Those efforts are expected to intensify this weekend, with participating agencies planning even more sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.
“Even the smallest amount of alcohol can affect your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle,” said Ryan Klitzsch, Traffic Safety Division Director for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). “Law enforcement are trained to spot potentially impaired motorists through their driving behaviors,” he continued. “So it doesn’t matter if you’ve had just a few or way too many, if you drink, don’t drive – or you will go to jail.”
Of the more than 4,900 alcohol-related collisions that occurred on Indiana roadways last year, nearly 30 percent resulted in death or injury.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown ends September 5.
For more information, visit NHTSA’s High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at www.StopImpairedDriving.org.
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is supported by federal funding allocated to the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).