News release from Indiana State Police
(Versailles, Ind.) - Lieutenant Marty McKinney, commander of the Indiana State Police Versailles District, announced today troopers will participate in Operation Pull Over Blitz 68 campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Beginning August 19, the Indiana State Police will join more than 260 Indiana law enforcement agencies to crackdown on impaired drivers. The campaign continues through September 5.
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 (ICJI). 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.
Persons who encounter motorists they suspect to be under the influence are encouraged to call 911 and be prepared to give a detailed description of the vehicle including license plate number, road the vehicle is traveling on, and direction of travel. Callers can remain anonymous.
For more information, visit NHTSA’s High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at www.StopImpairedDriving.org.