ICJI: Increased Patrols Aim To Crackdown On Impaired Driving This Holiday Season

More than 200 police agencies throughout Indiana will conduct high visibility patrols through Jan. 1.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier motorists can expect to see increased police patrols this holiday season. 

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) today announced that more than 200 police agencies will be increasing patrols during the holiday season.

Officers will be on high alert for anyone driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol through January 1.

The Safe Family Travel campaign will also focus on seat belt violations and other forms of dangerous driving.

The high-visibility patrols are funding by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with grants from the criminal justice institute.

According to the ICJI, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk-driving crashes in the U.S. That’s approximately one person every 52 minutes.

“If your holiday celebrations include alcohol, make arrangements ahead of time to get home safely – don’t wait until after you’ve had a couple of drinks,” said Devon McDonald, ICJI Executive Director. “One wrong decision behind the wheel is all it takes to cause a tragedy.”

Last December, 73 people lost their lives in fatal collisions in Indiana. Of those, 11 involved a drunk driver.

State and local officials are asking for the public’s help to keep Indiana roads safe this holiday season by designating a sober driver, using a ride service, or public transportation.

Motorists can report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911 or contacting their local police department.

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