By IVY HERRON
The Brazil City Police Department reports issuing 68 citations for various traffic offenses during the final 2005/06 "Operation Pull Over" blitz period.
Six patrolmen spent a total of 36 hours from Aug. 25 - Sept. 10 participating in the program, with 28 hours spent patrolling the Brazil area for impaired drivers and enforcing Indiana's safety belt and child restraint laws.
Patrolmen arrested one intoxicated driver who refused a breathalyzer test and three individuals for public intoxication. They also issued 39 tickets and 29 warnings for various traffic violations.
Police Chief Mark Loudermilk said the number of violations issued was down a little compared to other blitz periods "because most impaired drivers are on the road during the evening hours when it's dark, making it difficult (for patrolmen) to see other traffic offenses -- like seat-belt and child-restraint violations."
Operation Pull Over is part of the "Click It or Ticket" campaign conducted annually as part of the governor's council on impaired and dangerous driving. A blitz consists of an initial four week public awareness campaign followed by the two weeks of enhanced law enforcement. Program grants cover overtime expenses incurred by participating departments during four quarterly blitz campaigns.
The first blitz period for the 2006-07 campaign is scheduled for Nov. 12 -25 and will focus on seat-belt violations and looking for motorists who are driving while under the influence.
During the Brazil City Council's July meeting, Loudermilk said the department could receive over $5,000 to use during the 2006-07 campaign, nearly double the amount the department received in 2005-06.