NOTE THIS: Motor vehicle accidents involving impaired drivers kills someone every 33 minutes, and injures someone every two minutes, according to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
By IVY HERRON
Labor Day is a day off from work or school for many families. It's the last chance to get together with family and friends -- to travel to reunions or local festivals around the area before the arrival of fall.
Whatever your holiday travel plans are, Brazil City Police Chief Mark Loudermilk warns, "People need to drive responsibly and understand the consequences of their actions if they drive while impaired."
Loudermilk says an impaired driver is anyone unable to operate a vehicle due to alcohol or drugs.
The Brazil City Police Department will have more patrolmen on city streets during the holiday because Operation Pullover is in effect.
A grant from the program covers the overtime costs incurred by the department during the two-week blitz focusing on impaired drivers. Patrolmen will also enforce Indiana's safety belt and child restraint laws until the blitz ends on Sept. 10.
"A patrolman answers so many other calls during a shift that they have very little time for traffic duty," Loudermilk said. "They just can't concentrate on traffic issues. (Operation Pullover) benefits the community by allowing us to dedicate patrolmen solely for that task, and none of the expense to do that comes out of the city's already strained budget."