Clark County DUI Taskforce announces participation in nationwide crackdown on impaired driving PDF Print E-mail

Beginning this Friday, August 19, Clark County DUI Taskforce officers will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers on Clark County roadways.
Agency officials recently announced that they would join more than 260 Indiana law enforcement agencies to crackdown on impaired drivers. The campaign continues through Monday, September 5.
“We’re putting Clark County motorists on notice. If you’re caught driving under the influence — regardless of age, vehicle type or time of day – you will be arrested,” said Sgt. Terry Braswell, Coordinator of the Clark County DUI Taskforce and Sergeant with the Charlestown Police Department. “Driving impaired is a serious crime that can have deadly consequences,” he continued. “If you drive impaired in Clark County we’ll be out there. And you will go to jail.”
While Indiana has seen a decline in alcohol-related collisions over the past five years, there are those who continue to drive impaired. In fact, of the more than 400 alcohol-related collisions on Indiana roadways in 2010, nearly 40 percent resulted in death or injury.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), statistics show that twice as many alcohol-impaired collisions occur over the weekend. That incidence increases significantly during the nighttime.  Because of the increased risk, the Clark County DUI Taskforce will be specifically conducting their high-visibility enforcement activities during these times.
“Since we know when impaired drivers are more likely to be on the road, we’ll have an even greater number of officers out during these times,” said Braswell. “From sobriety checkpoints to saturation patrols, we plan to be particularly vigilant during these periods.”
According to the most recent data from NHTSA, nearly a third of the nation’s traffic-related motor vehicle fatalities involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol content of more than .08 – an average of one fatality every 48 minutes.
For more information, visit NHTSA’s High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at www.StopImpairedDriving.org.
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national enforcement effort supported by federal funding allocated to the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). Nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country will participate in this annual enforcement effort.  Indiana’s crackdown on impaired driving will be reinforced by both statewide and national media campaigns, as well as public outreach efforts geared towards the prevention of impaired driving.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2011 13:39