Officers work overtime to deter impaired, dangerous driving during the
In an effort to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities
on Indiana roadways this March, Ryan Klitzsch, Traffic Safety division
director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) today announced
that state and local law enforcement agencies will on Friday begin the
Operation Pull Over Blitz.
This high-visibility crackdown on impaired and dangerous driving known
as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” will take place from
March 2-18 covering the Big Ten Basketball Tournaments, the St. Patrick’s
Day holiday, and other sporting events during the month of March.
“As with any sporting event, fans gather and may have a few drinks
while cheering for their favorite team. Our advice is simple, if you plan
on consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver before tipoff,” says Klitzsch.
Over the next 17 days, more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies
will deploy sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and other enforcement
tactics that are designed to detect and remove impaired drivers from the
roads. Officers will also be on the lookout for aggressive drivers –
that is, those who speed, run red lights, tailgate and commit other traffic
Last year’s two-week blitz period resulted in a total of 633 DUI
arrests. Yet according to ICJI, eight fatalities occurred in March 2011
due to an impaired driver and/or motorcyclist with a BAC of 0.08 or higher.
“While last year’s arrest numbers are encouraging, there were
still eight fatalities, which more than likely could have been prevented,”
“We want Hoosiers to enjoy this highly spirited time of year. What
is most important however is that all drivers exercise good judgment before
they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. The inevitable consequences of
being arrested, losing your license, facing jail time or even worse –
killing yourself or someone else are simply not worth the risk.”
Operation Pull Over is a federally funded enforcement initiative administered
by the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
(ICJI). To increase public awareness of the effort, ICJI’s Traffic
Safety division today launched a statewide advertising campaign that will
continue through March 11. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”
campaign consists of radio and television advertising.