Putnamville participating in Drive Sober Campaign

Sunday, August 23, 2015

PUTNAMVILLE -- The Indiana State Police at Putnamville are participating in the 2015 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization through Sept. 7.

Putnamville District officers have joined more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies and thousands more across the country to conduct high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers against drinking and driving.

"Citizens are highly encouraged to educate themselves about this campaign and drive accordingly. We will do our part and vigorously seek out and enforce any and all alcohol violations found on district roadways during this period," Putnamville District Commander Lt. Dan Jones said.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is an annual enforcement effort supported by federal funding allocated to the Indiana State Police from the Traffic Safety Division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).

Troopers are working overtime to conduct sobriety patrols and checkpoints around the clock.

According to ICJI figures, in 2014, there were 94 fatal alcohol-impaired collisions in Indiana which accounted for 13 percent of all fatal crashes. A 17 percent decrease in fatal alcohol collisions was reported between 2013 and 2014.

"The decrease in the number of fatal alcohol collisions in Indiana is a clear indication citizens are realizing drinking and driving don't mix," ICJI Director Dave Murtaugh said. "Through the hard work and dedication of all of Indiana's law enforcement agencies, we continue to work toward our goal of zero intoxicated drivers on our roadways."

The Putnamville District is comprised of Putnam, Parke, Vermillion, Vigo, Clay and Sullivan counties.

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