Don’t be surprised to see warning lights in your review mirror If you break the rules of the road.
During the month of March, law enforcement is ramping up safety efforts.
Operation Pullover Blitz 89 is under way in Indiana and Rebecca Brumfield has details.
“I see ’em quite a bit, especially on seventh,” says Debra Cary.
“We got a lot of alcoholics out here that need to be stopped from driving,” says Darrell Wampler.
The badges are out in force and more than 250 law enforcement agencies are working together towards one goal.
“What you’re going to see is more city, county and state officers on the roadway,” says Sergeant Joe Watts of the Indiana State Police.
They’re looking for dangerous and impaired driving, seat belt violations, child restraint violations, speeding, following too close.
Anything and everything that could cause harm to others on the road.
“We know that in 2016, there were 11 traffic deaths that were alcohol related during this month of March, during the operation pull over last year,” says Sgt. Watts. “We also know that nationally every 53 minutes, someone perishes in an alcohol related crash.”
There will be saturation patrols of police officers in random areas throughout the month as well.
There will also be check points scattered around the area to screen for drunk driving.
“And that’s good,” says Wampler. “Cause they’re trying to help the town cause they’re just trying to help us to get the drugs off the street and the alcoholics.”
If you’re passing through these checkpoints sober, it will only take about 2 to 3 minutes of your time.
You just need a valid drivers license and registration and to not be impaired.
Then you’re on your way.
“Just do what the law says,” says Cary. “Stop drinking and driving. I can’t emphasize on that enough. And please buckle up.”
A lasting encouragement from Sgt. Joe Watts is as straightforward as it gets.
“We’re going to be out in full force,” says Sgt. Watts. “The message is simple. Make sure that when you enter the roadway, make sure that you’re buckled up and you drive sober.”
The blitz will run until March 26th.
Just remember to be courteous on the roads and don’t drive distracted.