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Impaired driving crackdown results in arrests

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department (CCSD) announced Monday that officers made nine alcohol-related arrests during the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," impaired driving crackdown.

The enforcement took place Aug. 19-Sept. 5.

"While our efforts did result in the arrest of several individuals, that was not the goal for this campaign," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said. "Our aim, first and foremost, was to keep county roadways safe and hopefully, save a life.

"According to our results, I believe we've been successful in meeting that objective."

In all, officers tallied 113 hours of overtime toward Indiana's annual mobilization against impaired driving.

Most of the arrests made during the 17-day enforcement were for Operating While Intoxicated.

Citations were also issued for other violations, including speed and other traffic and operator license infractions.

To learn more about "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," enforcement efforts, log on to www.StopImpairedDriving.org.

Federal funding allowed to CCSD from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) supported "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

More than 10,000 law enforcement agencies participated in the nationwide effort, which generally takes place around the Labor Day holiday.



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