No matter which side of the state line you live on in the Wabash Valley, new research shows that law enforcement has you in good hands.
According to BackgroundCheck.org, Indiana and Illinois rank among the top ten in the nation for the fewest number of DUI problems.
Officers say heavy enforcement is key to making drivers think twice about getting behind the wheel after they’ve been drinking. Police are constantly patrolling and campaigning to get those statistics as low as possible.
Just last week in Vigo County, officers set up a sobriety check point. In addition to being an extreme safety risk, drivers are aware of the steep consequences to getting caught driving with alcohol in their system, including expensive fines, and losing their license.
In Sullivan County, people who share the roads with suspicious drivers are also on the look out. Sheriff Clark Cottom says their department gets calls daily.
“10 years ago, 20 years ago, we didn’t often receive those calls, because you would’ve had to drive home, or drove to some business to use a pay phone, and that just didn’t happen. It was very unusual 20 years ago to receive these kind of calls, but that also has brought up our DUI enforcement,” says Sheriff Cottom.
DUI’s were on the rise in 2016. According to BackgroundCheck’s research, more than 10,000 people die every year from DUI related accidents.
States with the most drunk driving problems include Kentucky, Mississippi, Wyoming and Montana.
The full research is available here: BackgroundCheck.Org