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Special Effort Underway To Catch Drunk Drivers

Starting Friday and running through Monday, September 2, officers from the Indiana State Police will participate in the Operation Pull Over, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. 

The program is funded by a federal grant through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and allows additional police officers to work overtime with an emphasis on locating and arresting impaired drivers. During the two week enforcement period, troopers will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols targeting impaired and dangerous drivers. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011, 32,367 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes. 

That same year, 9,878 people were killed in crashes that involved a driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. 

That means every 53 minutes someone died in a crash involving an impaired driver. 

In Indiana, in 2011, there were a total of 188,132 crashes, 4,938 involved an alcohol impaired driver, resulting in 140 deaths. Motorists are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. 

Give a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. 

Never follow an impaired driver.