Chesterton Police Lt. David Lohse is calling the Northern Porter County
Traffic Safety Partnership’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”--part of a
state- and nationwide crackdown on impaired driving and motorcycle riding--a
Lohse reported this week that officers from the Chesterton, Porter, Burns
Harbor, and Ogden Dunes department made more than six drunk driving arrests,
two driving while suspended arrests, and two underage alcohol arrests and
they issued 22 citations during the enforcement effort, which ran from Aug.
16 to Sept. 2.
A total of 104 warnings was also issued.
“I want to thank all of our officers for their hard work and dedication to
making our roadways safer this Labor Day,” Lohse said.
During the 2012 Labor Day holiday period (Aug. 31-Sept. 4), there were 115
alcohol-related crashes in Indiana. During last year’s Labor Day Crackdown,
there were 14,655 citations issued, 669 misdemeanor OWIs, and 106 felony
In addition, last year in Indiana there were 209 collisions involving an
alcohol-impaired motorcycle or moped operator, 32 alcohol-impaired
motorcycle operator fatalities, and 144 alcohol-impaired motorcycle operator
“Labor Day should be a time of celebration and national reflection, not a
time where officers have to notify families that they have lost a loved one
due to an alcohol-related collision,” Lohse said.
The Northern Porter County Traffic Safety Partnership joined forces with the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and nearly 10,000 law
enforcement agencies across the country in this year’s “Drive Sober or Get
Pulled Over” campaign.
For more information on Indiana’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign,