With basketball expected to stir up some activity this March, more than 250 Hoosier law enforcement agencies have announced plans to launch action of their own as part of Operation Pull Over. According to a press release from the state police, the effort begins Friday, Feb. 28 and runs through Sunday, March 23, with agencies initiating a major enforcement effort to crack down on impaired and dangerous driving.
The enforcement effort will include saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints throughout the entire state, and state police superintendent Doug Carter said police will have a “strong and visible presence” aimed at deterring dangerous driving.
During the same February 28 through March 23 time period in 2013, there were a total of 388 crashes on Hoosier roadways where alcohol and/or illegal drugs were considered a contributing circumstance in the crash. Of those, 114 involved injury with 158 persons injured and four crashes involved fatalities killing four.
Superintendent Carter recommends these easy steps for a safe March and St. Patrick’s Day: plan a safe way home before the festivities begin; before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home; if you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation; if available, use your community’s sober ride program; if you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police; and if you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take the keys and help them make safe travel arrangements.