Adams County Traffic Safety Partnership increases impaired, dangerous driving patrols for March Madness and St. Patrick's Day
Decatur Police Department, Adams County Sheriff’s Office,
Berne Police Department, and Geneva Police Department are joining law-enforcement
agencies across Indiana this March to increase dangerous and impaired driving patrols
for the NCAA Tournament and St. Patrick’s Day.
Last year, the weekend beginning St. Patrick’s Day had the
highest number crashes involving impaired drivers. With March 17, 2018 falling
on a Saturday, police are conducting random patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety
checkpoints intended to make our roads safer.
“If you’re watching March Madness or celebrating St.
Patrick’s Day from a bar or pub, draft a sober driver, cab or ridesharing
service to get home safely,” said Sgt Mark Cook, Adams County TSP coordinator.
“Our officers are trained to spot – and there will be zero tolerance for –
impaired and dangerous drivers.”
The top causes of all Indiana traffic crashes are drivers following
too closely and failing to yield the right of way. Aggressive, distracted and
impaired driving reduce reaction times to unexpected slowed traffic, bicycles
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
are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year.
Last year the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) and
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) purchased 1,759
new portable breath tests for Indiana law-enforcement agencies. An additional
836 devices will be purchased this year.
But unlike alcohol, there is no quick field test for the
legal and illegal drugs that can impair drivers. ICJI and NHTSA are issuing
Android tablets and apps to assist 185 highly-trained police officers in the
recognition and enforcement of drug-impaired driving.
If you’re taking a new drug or higher dose, talk with your
doctor or don’t drive until you know how it affects you. Even over-the-counter
medication such as cold medicine or sleep aids may cause impairment, especially
when combined with alcohol or a second drug.
Experience different perspectives on an impaired-driving
crash scene in 360 degrees at https://on.in.gov/nobigdeal.