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ISP to conduct travel campaign through Dec. 2

Sunday, November 18, 2012

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In an effort to make the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday travel period safer, the Indiana State Police will be joining approximately 250 other law enforcement agencies statewide in participating in the annual Safe Family Travel campaign.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 16, and running through Sunday, Dec. 2, the Indiana State Police will conduct high visibility enforcement efforts including sobriety check points and saturation patrols looking for impaired drivers and unrestrained motorists.

In 2011, alcohol-impaired driving in Indiana was linked to 140 fatalities (an increase from 135 fatalities in 2010) and more than 2,000 injuries (a decrease from 2,183 injuries in 2010).

Alcohol-impaired collisions were less than 3 percent of all Indiana crashes, but accounted for 19 percent of Indiana's 749 traffic fatalities in 2011.

The campaign officially began with a sobriety checkpoint in Vigo County, which was conducted Friday, Nov. 16.

The Indiana State Police also offers a handful of tips to make the holiday travel safe, including:

* Those planning to travel should make sure they are well rested. A fatigued driver is a dangerous driver,

* Avoid tailgating. Remember the two-second rule,

* Make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up,

* Put down the electronic devices and drive,

* Don't drink and drive, and

* Move over and slow down for emergency highway service vehicles.



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