Statement issued Tuesday:
Today Lieutenant Rob Townsend, Fort Wayne District Commander, announced that troopers from the Fort Wayne Post will be participating in Operation Pullover Blitz 62. The Indiana State Police along with over 250 other law enforcement agencies from around Indiana will focus their enforcement efforts on impaired and dangerous driving. The blitz begins Friday, March 5th and will continue through Sunday March 21st.
Operation Pullover Blitz 62 is a statewide enforcement effort supported by federal funding allocated from the Traffic Safety Division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) which will allow troopers to work overtime to provide extra patrols during this dangerous time of year.
Saturation patrols, sobriety check points, and other high visibility enforcement activities will be utilized to identify impaired and dangerous motorists. These patrols will also focus on aggressive driving behavior which leads to crashes as well as strict enforcement on passenger restraint violations.
This enforcement blitz is scheduled to coincide with Hoosier basketball tournaments and the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. During March of 2009, there were 41 fatalities on Indiana roadways and 24 percent of these deaths involved a driver that was legally intoxicated. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2008, there were 134 traffic-related fatalities nationwide on St. Patrick’s Day alone.
The Indiana State Police offers the following tips:
- Designate a sober driver and give that person your keys before the festivities begin;
- If you become impaired, use a taxi, call a friend or use public transportation to get home safely;
- Call 911 immediately if you see an impaired driver on the road;
- If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make arrangements to get home safely.
The Indiana State Police Post in Fort Wayne proudly serves the citizens of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley Counties.
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