(Feb. 28, 2014) – Police across Indiana begin a statewide crackdown on drunk and impaired driving Friday.
More than 250 police agencies will take part in Operation Pull Over. Drivers should be aware of increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints. The operation’s timing will include the March Madness basketball tournament and St. Patrick’s Day.
County deputies, state troopers and local police are participating in Operation Pull Over. The state awarded a grant to make extra patrols possible on highways, county roads and other major streets.
Last year between Feb. 28 and March 23, there were 388 crashes on Hoosier roads where alcohol and/or drugs were a factor. In those crashes, 158 people were hurt and four people died.
The extra patrols run from Feb. 28 through March 23.
Police offer the following advice to keep safe:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
- Before drinking, pick a designated driver
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a friend or family member, or use public transportation.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police.
- If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements.