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Duneland PDs go after drunk drivers

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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 major success.

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 OWIs.

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 non-fatal injuries.

“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, visit



Posted 9/4/2013