Press release from the Indiana State Police:
ISP Makes 356 DUI Arrests in Statewide Campaign
(October 25, 2010) – On Friday and Saturday, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., the Indiana State Police conducted a statewide driving under the influence enforcement project. Enforcement personnel throughout Indiana were assigned to this detail to aggressively seek and arrest impaired drivers.
Impaired driving remains one of America’s deadliest problems. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008, 37,261 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes. That same year, 11,773 people were killed in crashes that involved a driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. That means every 45 minutes someone in the United States died in a crash involving an impaired driver. In Indiana, in 2009, there were a total of 189,676 crashes, 8,855 of them were alcohol related.
The purpose of the two day enforcement campaign was to remove impaired drivers from Indiana roadways before they caused needless pain, suffering, and death to innocent victims. The Indiana State Police is committed to reducing the number of impaired driving crashes. As of October 1, 2010, the Indiana State Police has made 7,195 impaired driving arrests. In 2009, troopers arrested 9,395 impaired drivers, a 34 percent increase over 2008.
Statewide, the two day enforcement campaign resulted in 356 impaired driving arrests. Troopers also issued 3242 traffic citations and 6018 written warnings. Officers also made 370 arrests for various criminal violations.
In the Indiana State Police Jasper District there were 6 impaired driving arrests made. Officers issued 91 traffic citations and 401 written warnings.
Motorists are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. Give a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver.