Increased Patrols For Thanksgiving Week
November 26, 2013 — Indiana State Police are working with other law enforcement agencies to increase Thanksgiving week patrols.
ISP says it has partnered with approximately 250 other law enforcement agencies statewide for the annual Safe Family Travel, Operation Pull Over campaign. The campaign runs through Sunday, December 1st.
The Indiana State Police will conduct high visibility enforcement efforts including sobriety check points and saturation patrols looking for impaired drivers and unrestrained motorists.
ISP says it also is participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) tomorrow through Sunday. Operation C.A.R.E. is a federally funded program which will allow additional troopers to patrol Hoosier roadways during this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
ISP notes that the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute says that in 2012 alcohol-impaired driving in Indiana was linked to 158 fatalities, a 12.9% increase from 140 fatalities in 2011, and more than 2,112 injuries. Alcohol-impaired collisions were less than 3% of Indiana crashes, but accounted for 20.3% of Indiana’s 779 traffic fatalities in 2012.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, safety belt use is the most effective strategy a person can employ to prevent death and minimize injury resulting from traffic collisions.
ISP asks driver to move over and drive slower for emergency and highway service vehicles.
The State offers more information about Indiana crash statistics at the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute’s web site at http://www.in.gov/cji/2572.htm.