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ISP to blitz the roads for drunks beginning Friday

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With March Madness just around the corner, more than 250 Indiana law enforcement agencies are getting set to start their next Operation Pull Over blitz, on Friday, Feb. 28.

This latest enforcement action--running through Sunday, March 23, and including saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints--will crack down on impaired and dangerous drivers.

“We will have a strong and visible police presence aimed at deterring dangerous driving and getting impaired drivers off Hoosier highways,” ISP Superintendent Doug Carter said. “If you plan to drink--don’t drive. Designate a sober driver.”

Between Feb. 28 and March 23, 2013, there were 388 crashes on Hoosier roadways where alcohol and/or illegal drugs were considered a contributing circumstance in the crash. Of those, 114 involved injury and four fatalities.

Carter recommended these easy steps for a safe March and St. Patrick’s Day:

* Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.

* Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.

* If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

* If available, use your community’s sober ride program.

* If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police.

* If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take the keys and help the person make safe travel arrangements.



Posted 2/25/2014