More local law enforcement officials will be on the road in the upcoming weeks as part of the Operation Pull Over Blitz "Driving While Intoxicated."
"March is a spirited time for Hoosiers -- from Big Ten basketball to St. Patrick's Day celebrations -- the month will see numerous opportunities for us to celebrate with family and friends," Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Executive Director Neil Moore wrote in a press release to The Brazil Times.
"If you plan to drink during these festivities, don't rely on luck to keep you safe or to keep you out of trouble. Be responsible and take appropriate precautions."
Federal funding will allow more members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police to put additional officers on patrol for two weeks, starting today and ending Sunday, March 22.
With a goal to enforce impaired driving laws, officers will watch for impaired drivers, speeding motorists, motorists who follow too closely, aggressive drivers and those motorists who fail to buckle up or properly restrain their children.
During the past five years, a total of nine people have lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents during the St. Patrick's Day holiday on Indiana's roadways. Of that number, 33 percent were killed in alcohol-related accidents.
On July 1, 2007, Indiana law enforcement agencies began enforcing new legislation that requires all occupants of a motor vehicle to have their seat belts properly fastened at all times. The driver and every passenger in the vehicle must be properly restrained by a seat belt, or an appropriate child restraint system, regardless of where they are seated in the vehicle. The safety belt must be standard equipment installed by the manufacturer.