As the Labor Day holiday approaches, local and state law enforcement officers are participating in several safety programs as they hit the roads during this upcoming holiday period.
Members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department will be working with the Indiana State Police to help keep motorists safe by participating in the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute's Operation Pull Over Blitz that began Aug. 24 and continues until Sept. 9.
"We have deputies volunteering to come in on their days off to work during the weekend," Sheriff Mike Heaton said about heightened patrols in the area. "We will be focusing on seat belt violations and drunk driving."
Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison confirmed the police department is also prepared, but will not be participating in this blitz period of the Operation Pullover due to funding limitations.
"We will be out there making sure that the awareness is heightened," Harrison said. "But we won't have the overtime hours available during this blitz period for extra patrols."
With a zero tolerance for seat belt and child restraint violations, law enforcement officers will be looking for motorists who are speeding, following too closely, driving aggressively, or operating a vehicle while impaired while they are patrolling roadways.
According to ISP Public Information Officer Joe Watts, the ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division will also have motor carrier inspectors and federally certified troopers working additional overtime during the holiday period to seek out drivers of commercial motor vehicles in violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
Safety Travel Tips
According to information provided by Indiana State Police, 18 people died in accidents on Indiana roadways during the Labor Day weekend last year.
Motorists are urged to observe the following safety tips:
* Motorists need to be well rested before traveling, never tailgate and obey all traffic signals and speed limits, particularly in construction zones,
* when approaching a construction zone or an emergency vehicle, motorists need to move over and slow down,
* all occupants in every seating position need to be properly restrained with a seat belt or child-safety seat, and
* motorists shouldn't drink and drive, but if they have been drinking they should have a designated driver.