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CCSD, ISP adding extra patrols on roads

Thursday, March 5, 2009

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.

Buckle up

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.

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I believe several hundred deaths last year due to alcohol related crashes in Indiana alone is worthy of some attention by our law enforcement officials. It isn't always about making a buck, sometimes it really is about making a difference. And yes there are more horrific crimes out there unless it is your family that dies a needless and horrible death at the hands of someone else...

-- Posted by RickS on Fri, Mar 6, 2009, at 7:13 AM

RickS ~

Thanks for your comments ~ tulie32 sounds like an "authority hater" ~ wonder if there's criminal activity they're worried about if stopped by ISP & CCSD? Just read the paper ~ we probably are lucky to get less than a quarter of intoxicated folks off the road especially when there are also the other crimes to focus on..........maybe tulie32 should try to be part of the solution instead of just making critical remarks towards our law enforcement........personally funding due to the "position of the moon" would be fine with me just to get more officers on the road........

-- Posted by karebabe on Fri, Mar 6, 2009, at 8:53 AM


I lost a friend who was returning home from late night work to a drunk driver. Since then if I see erratic driving behavior I will call 911 and report it. ANYTHING law enforcement has up its sleeve to stop this or discourage it is fine with me.

I'm sure anyone would rather see their loved one arrested than have them kill someone or themselves.

Hopefully others who might be with someone at a party or other gathering where ANY mind altering substance is used will recognize that someone is impaired so they shouldn't drive because they themselves may THINK they are ok but it's just that, Their judgment is impaired so they really can't tell. If they remember and won't speak to you the next day, is that worse than having said nothing and them maybe killing someone?

For those with teens, make a pact with them that if they feel they are in a unhealthy situation where this may occur, they can call you to go pick them up anytime any where, no questions asked. That way they may be more apt to call for a ride if they know they aren't going to get a lecture for hanging out where someone was drinking etc. Put it in writing. All sign it and all stick to it. It might save the life of your child, and maybe several others as well as it might just be enough for others to give it a second thought too.

If more people would take a proactive approach to protecting life instead of avoiding punishment, we would all live in a healthier community.

When law enforcement finds an impaired driver, they may also find one who is involved with illegal substances. So be it. It's all connected.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Fri, Mar 6, 2009, at 9:03 AM

Please don't make the posts personal. We all understand that sometimes people just aren't educated to the facts and have predetermined opinions due to family life or personal experience. Respect the people even if you don't like their opinions, please!

-- Posted by RickS on Fri, Mar 6, 2009, at 10:56 AM

Usually the people who are disrespectful and complain the loudest with regards to rules, regulations and authority are the ones that need them the most.

-- Posted by Cy on Fri, Mar 6, 2009, at 4:41 PM

there just doing there job. If they didnt say they were increasing patrol people would grip about that to

-- Posted by kd323 on Fri, Mar 6, 2009, at 9:27 PM

why was Brazil police not mentioned in the article? they are in operation pullover too.

-- Posted by IIVIIy Name Is on Sun, Mar 8, 2009, at 4:39 AM

Why should they have to inform the public of extra patrols?

The reasons are numerous, including it being a violation of your rights-not to know; so you will not be caught doing something you should not be doing.

Why can't we just let them do the job we are paying them (poorly, I might add) to do.

-- Posted by secretary on Thu, Mar 12, 2009, at 11:20 AM

One Third of all traffic related fatalities last year were alcohol related. 13000+ accidents/fatalities.

You are kidding you self if you think it only involves the drunks. Of those 13000 fatalities 2200 of them were children under 16 years of age.

Over the past 5 years studies have shown a steady decrease in alcohol related death largely due to Operation Pull Over and other programs related to this epidemic.

The local police do this because it makes a difference. OPO is usually a voluntary assignment and yes for overtime but that doesn't decrease the risk to officers. Officers are more likely to be injured or killed due to a traffic stop than gunfire.

Anything that keeps all of our families safe on the roads needs to be done. I just hope that it doesn't affect anyone of you.

-- Posted by reasonablesuspicion on Sun, Mar 15, 2009, at 6:22 PM

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