Over a 24-day period, the Adams County Safety Partnership - Adams County Sherrif's Office, Decatur, Berne and Geneva police departments - issued 117 citations and made 15 arrests to make roads safer for families traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday season. Federal highway safety funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute supported overtime patrols for more than 230 law enforcement agencies across the state of Indiana.
"Why do we enforce traffic laws? There is only one reason - to save lives," said Sgt. Mark Cook. "Anyone who responds to a severe crash, or notifies next of kin, simply wants you and your family to buckle up and drive sober this holiday season."
In every state, 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 of up to one year.
Indiana has a primary seat belt law, meaning that police officers may ticket unrestrained drivers or passengers, even if no further traffic violation has taken place. In addition, all passengers under age eight must be in an approved car seat or booster seat.
For more information about impaired driving, visit http://on.in.gov/drivesober. Fore more information about seatbelts, visit http://on.in.gov/buckleup.
The Adams County Traffic Safety Partnership will continue to enforce seat belt, impaired driving and other traffic laws to ensure holiday celebrations are safe and festive.
The ICJI and Purdue University Center for Road Safety estimates that about 93 percent of Hoosiers buckle up. But, the small amount of drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts made up more than half of Indiana's fatal crashes in 2016.
In addition, Indiana law enforcement agencies recently received 1,759 portable breath tests to establish probable cause when arresting drunk drivers.
Sober driving tips
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 impaired driving:
- Designate or be a sober driver
- Use public transportation
- Call a cab or ridesharing service
- Download the SaferRide app. This app 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
- Never provide alcohol to minors
- Ask young drivers about their plans
- Friend or family member about to drive? Take the keys and make alternate arrangements
Impaired driving is three times more common at night than during the day. If you see an impaired driver, safely turn off the road away from the vehicle and call 911.FY2018Blitz92SafeFamilyTravelpostrelease.pdf (293.1KB)