Dearborn County Traffic Safety Partnership Cracking Down on Impaired Driving
Press release from Dearborn County Traffic Safety Partnership
(Dearborn County, Ind.) – The Dearborn County Traffic Safety Partnership (DCTSP) has a very direct message for motorists: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Today, officers announced zero tolerance for anyone attempting to drive while impaired.
“Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be immediately arrested and taken to jail,” said Lt. Brian Miller. “Officers will be working overtime to identify and apprehend those who disregard our message.”
Law enforcement agencies from across Indiana are participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign which is now underway and lasts through Labor Day.
In 2013, there were 114 fatal alcohol-impaired collisions in Indiana. This accounted for 16 percent of all fatal crashes. Those most likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash are between the ages of 21 and 44. There was a 24 percent decrease in fatal collisions between 2012 and 2013.
“The decrease in the number of fatal crashes is a sign that drivers are responding to our message,” Miller said. “One life lost is too many, so we’ll continue to be out in force to catch those who make the unacceptable decision to drive while impaired.”
Miller added the community can help in getting dangerous drivers off the road.
“If you see someone driving in a manner you suspect of being impaired, there is a high probability you are right,” he said. “Call 911 immediately and report the location, description, and direction the vehicle is traveling. This will help officers observe the activity of the suspect and take necessary action to prevent a possible tragedy.”
The Franklin/Ripley Counties Traffic Safety Partnership began its own Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement blitz on Friday, August 1. It will run through September 1, said Batesville Police Lt. Doug Wolfer.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funds for overtime enforcement and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute works with state and local law enforcement agencies to administer the program.