Over a 25-day period, Adams
County TSP issued 62 citations and made 6 arrests as part of the national
enforcement blitz known as Drive Sober or
Get Pulled Over. Federal highway safety funds administered by the Indiana
Criminal Justice Institute supported overtime patrols for about 220
law-enforcement agencies across the state.
“These enforcement efforts save the lives of impaired
drivers, their passengers and others out on the road,” said Sgt. Mark Cook, Adams County TSP Coordinator. “Our
commitment to enforcing traffic laws and keeping area roads as safe as possible
continues throughout the year.”
Nationwide, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol
concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02
or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year.
A DUI arrest means going to jail and losing your driver’s
license. The average DUI cost? About $10,000, including car towing and repairs,
attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work and other hefty expenses. For
more information, visit http://one.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.
With all of today’s options for getting home safely, there’s
no excuse for getting behind the wheel impaired as it endangers you and
everyone else around you. Law enforcement recommends these safe alternatives to
Designate, or be,
a sober driver.
Call a cab or a
SaferRide mobile app on the Android Play Store
or the Apple iTunes Store.
This simple app only has three options: call a taxi, call a friend, and
identify your location for pickup.
Celebrate at home
or a place where you can stay until sober.
Throwing a party?
Offer non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of food.
alcohol to minors.
Ask young drivers
about their plans.
Friend or family
member about to drive? Take the keys and make alternate arrangements.
Ride Sober or Get
Motorcyclists have the reputation for being tough, but no one
is tough enough to withstand the effects of impaired riding. Motorcycles make
up about 3 percent of registered vehicles, but are dramatically overrepresented
in fatal crashes involving alcohol. And the more that bikers drink, the less
likely they are to wear their helmets.
Report impaired drivers
Impaired driving is three times more common at night than
during the day. If you see an impaired driver, turn off the road away from the
vehicle and call 911. Signs of impaired driving include:
drifting, or straddling the center line
Driving at a very
Making wide turns
to traffic signals
Driving after dark
with headlights off
Almost striking an
object or vehicle
Driving on the wrong
side of the road