“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign runs through Sept. 5, 2016
The Cass County Sheriff and Logansport Police Departments are participating in the national and statewide 2016 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization Aug. 12 – Sept. 5. Officers will join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies and thousands more across teh country, to conduct high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers against drinking and driving.
“Ensuring drivers and their passengers are safe on the road is one of our key priorities,” Sheriff Randy Pryor said. These campaigns allow us the opportunity to remind everyone behind the while that driving intoxicated is against the law. We will be out in full patrol and chances are if you drive impaired, we will pull you over.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is an annual enforcement effort supported by federal funding allocated to both agencies from the Traffic Safety Division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. More than 8 officers will work overtime to conduct sobriety patrols and checkpoints around the clock. According to ICJI in 2015, there were 4828 alcohol-impaired collisions in Indiana, resulting in 92 fatalities. This is a 26.5 percent decrease in the number of alcohol-impaired collisions and a 9 percent decrease in resulting fatalities from 2014.
“While this decrease in alcohol-impaired collisions and fatalities means we’re on the right track, there’s still room for improvement,” said ICJI Director Dave Murtaugh. “In an effort to ensure our roads are safe at every turn,we will continue to increase Indiana’s education and enforcement on impaired driving.”
Indiana law enforcement agencies have been actively involved in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign for 20 years.
SOURCE: News release from Cass County Sheriff’s Department