FORT WAYNE–The Allen County Traffic Safety Partnership–Fort Wayne, Allen Co. New Haven Police Departments] has a very direct message for motorists: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Officers recently announced zero tolerance for anyone attempting to drive while impaired.
“Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be immediately arrested and taken to jail,” said Lt. Tony Maze. “Officers will be working overtime to identify and apprehend those who disregard our message.”
Law enforcement agencies from across Indiana are participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign which is now underway and lasts through Labor Day.
In 2013, there were 114 fatal alcohol-impaired collisions in Indiana. This accounted for 16 percent of all fatal crashes. Those most likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash are between the ages of 21 and 44. There was a 24 percent decrease in fatal collisions between 2012 and 2013. In Allen County: 373 total collisions in which alcohol was a factor, six of which had fatal injuries and 137 other minor to possibly life threatening injuries.
“The decrease in the number of fatal crashes is a sign that drivers are responding to our message,” Maze said. “One life lost is too many, so we’ll continue to be out in force to catch those who make the unacceptable decision to drive while impaired.”
Maze added the community can help in getting dangerous drivers off the road.
“If you see someone driving in a manner you suspect of being impaired, there is a high probability you are right,” he said. “Call 911 immediately and report the location, description, and direction the vehicle is traveling. This will help officers observe the activity of the suspect and take necessary action to prevent a possible tragedy.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funds for overtime enforcement and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute works with state and local law enforcement agencies to administer the program.