Over 24 days, Adams County
Traffic Safety Partnership issued 105
citations and made 8 arrests during St.
Patrick’s Day, college Spring Break and the first rounds of NCAA Tournament.
In 2017, the weekend beginning St. Patrick’s Day had the
highest number crashes involving impaired drivers. Federal traffic safety funds
administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) supported random
patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints for more than 230
law-enforcement agencies across the state.
“Enforcement of traffic laws is focused on preventing crashes,
injuries and deaths in our community,” said Sgt
Mark Cook, Adams County TSP Coordinator. “As we look ahead to
celebrating Easter, the Final Four and the rest of Spring Break, make sure your
plans include a sober driver and extra stopping distance.”
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.
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
Experience different perspectives on an impaired-driving
crash scene in 360 degrees at https://on.in.gov/nobigdeal.
Last year, ICJI and the National Highway Transportation
Safety Administration (NHTSA) purchased 1,759 new portable breath tests for
Indiana law-enforcement agencies. An additional 836 devices are being purchased
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.