Local law enforcement will be joining agencies across the state this month to increase patrols.
Due to this month’s NCAA Tournament, as well as St. Patrick’s Day, the extra patrols will be on the look out for dangerous and impaired driving.
Last year, St. Patrick’s Day weekend had the highest number of crashes involving impaired driving.
With March 17th falling on a Saturday this year, police are conducting random patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints.
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 reduces reaction times to unexpected slowed traffic, bicycles and pedestrians.
Indiana law enforcement will also be equipped with new tools this 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.
Also, the two agencies are issuing Android tablets and apps to assist 185 highly-trained police officers in the recognition and enforcement of drug-impaired driving. This is because unlike alcohol, there is no quick field test for the legal and illegal drugs that can impair drivers.