To reduce drunk driving and promote seat belt awareness in the Wabash Valley, troopers from the Terre Haute Indiana State Police post will be participating in Operation Pull Over Blitz 54.
The blitz, titled, "Seat Belts and Driving While Intoxicated," is scheduled to run for two weeks, beginning Friday and continuing through March 23.
It is being sponsored by the Governor's Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving.
Troopers will work overtime hours at the end of regular shifts or on days off during the blitz period. Overtime funding is provided through a traffic safety grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In America, every 31 minutes, someone is killed in an impaired driving crash and 39 percent of all traffic fatalities are alcohol related. During their lifetime, three of 10 persons will be involved in a drunk driving crash. In Indiana, 33 percent of traffic fatalities are alcohol related, slightly below the national average.
In a recent survey, Indiana's seat belt usage by motorists was 91.4 percent. The fatality rate among unrestrained occupants was 47 percent.
"Our troopers are very dedicated to reducing impaired driving and during this period, they will be vigorously patrolling the roadways looking for intoxicated drivers," Lt. Mike Eslinger, Commander of the Terre Haute post, said.