The Brazil City Police Department and Clay County Sheriff's Department announced Tuesday they will participate in Indiana's "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest," impaired driving crackdown, beginning Friday.
Officers will join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct high-visibility saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints and other activities designed to deter impaired driving and motorcycle riding across the state, through Sept. 12.
According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), more than 8,800 alcohol-related collisions occurred on Indiana's roadways in 2009, resulting in 168 alcohol-related fatalities.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that nearly 12,000 people died in crashes where a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit in 2008.
NHTSA data also shows that 32 percent of motor vehicle traffic crash fatalities that took place nationwide involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08 or above, for an average of one fatality every 45 minutes.
For more information on the crackdown, visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at www.StopImpairedDriving.org.