Press release from Dearborn County Traffic Safety Partnership
(Lawrenceburg, Indiana) - Just as basketball is stirring up a great deal of activity everywhere this March, more than 250 Indiana law enforcement agencies are planning to launch a major activity of their own.
Beginning Friday, March 8, the Dearborn County Traffic Safety Partnership will deploy a high-visibility crackdown on impaired and dangerous driving known as Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. The 16-day effort will continue through March 24 - encompassing a number of March sporting events and the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.
“This enforcement effort is about showing a strong and visible police presence aimed at deterring dangerous behaviors and getting drunk drivers off the street,” said Lt. Brian Miller. “SimilarSimilar to New Years, the Dearborn County Traffic Safety Partnership wants Indiana motorists to be fully aware of our increased enforcement so that it will encourage people to designate a sober driver or to make alternate arrangements to get home safely.”
For many Hoosiers, the month of March is synonymous with celebrating Indiana basketball traditions and the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. However, due to the increased rate of alcohol consumption these events inspire, the month of March can also be a very dangerous time on Indiana roadways.
Last year, there were 6,264 alcohol-related collisions in Indiana with 97 fatalities. During the month of March, there were 524 alcohol-related collisions. Of these collisions, six fatalities were reported. Just last year on St. Patrick’s Day, there were 33 alcohol-related collisions that occurred in the state of Indiana.