‘Drive Sober’ Labor Day campaign results in four arrests – WRBI Radio

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FRANKLIN / RIPLEY COUNTIES, IN – The Franklin / Ripley County Traffic Safety Partnership released the results of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign which ran between August 18 and Labor Day. According to the department, officers made four arrests and issued 39 citations during the three-week execution period.

The goal of the campaign was to discourage impaired driving and save lives. The effort was supported by funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

“There is no excuse for driving while impaired, but there are consequences,” said Sgt. Adam Henson with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. “If you’re weakened by a substance, don’t get behind the wheel. Even though the campaign is over, we are still on the lookout for dangerous behavior.

More than 200 law enforcement agencies participated in the statewide crackdown. Officers across Indiana have conducted high-visibility patrols and sobriety checkpoints to combat drinking and driving, which claims the lives of more than 10,000 people each year in the United States.

That’s about one person every 52 or 28 minutes a day.

In Indiana, impaired driving is on the rise. Of the 898 fatal traffic accidents that occurred last year, 151, or 17%, were alcohol-related. That’s up from 130 in 2019, according to data from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

“Impaired driving is fatal,” said Devon McDonald, Executive Director of ICJI. “All of these accidents and deaths could have been avoided. We will continue to raise awareness of this fact and stress the importance of planning ahead.

Although the mobilization is over, the service would like to remind citizens that impaired driving – whether because of drugs or alcohol – is illegal and completely preventable. The consequences can include thousands of dollars in legal fees, increased insurance rates, loss of license, criminal record and possible jail time.

To avoid them, plan to get home safe and sober before going out. Even if only one drink is consumed, designate a sober driver or plan to use a carpooling service, public transportation or a taxi. Motorists who encounter a drunk driver on the road are encouraged to call 911.

(Franklin / Ripley County Road Safety Partnership press release)


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