Police Increasing Patrols, Sobriety Checkpoints to Prevent Drunk Driving This Month
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Mar 06, 2017 in Car Accidents
St. Patrick's Day and the March Madness college basketball tournament are coming up in a just a couple of weeks. The events are cause for celebration for many, which leads to an increase in drunk driving accidents throughout the month.
There were 495 alcohol-related crashes in Indiana in March of last year, causing 231 injuries and 11 deaths. That is why Indiana State Police (ISP) is partnering with more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies from March 3rd to March 26th to prevent drinking and driving and catch offenders.
Law enforcement will be conducting round-the-clock observational patrols and sobriety checkpoints across the state to catch impaired drivers.
The Traffic Safety Division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) is also reminding people to drink responsibly this month. They advise drivers to take the following steps to prevent a tragedy:
- Plan how you will get home before the celebration starts.
- Never drive if you are impaired.
- If you will be drinking, you need to have a designated driver or travel by taxi, public transportation or a ridesharing service.
- Call 911 if you see a driver who you think is drunk.
- Do not allow friends or party guests to drive home if they have been drinking. Make arrangements for them to get home safely.
Were you injured in an accident caused by an impaired driver? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The experienced South Bend auto accident lawyers at Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak work to hold negligent drivers liable for the damages they have caused while recovering fair compensation for our clients.
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