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Police "Cracking Down" On Drunk Driving

Last updated on Friday, August 21, 2009

(UNDATED) - In an effort to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on Indiana roadways, Indiana law enforcement agencies are cracking down on drunk driving.

The Governor's Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving will join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies to launch a drunk driving crackdown on impaired motorists.

The crackdown begins today until Labor Day on September 7th.

According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) Labor Day has been, on average, Indiana's most deadly holiday for the past five years.

Lawrence County Sheriff, Sam Craig stated "while we've generally seen a decline in the number of alcohol-related collisions and fatalities over the past five years, far too many Hoosiers are still losing their lives as a result of impaired driving."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every 40 minutes in the United States someone dies as a result of impaired driving.

Craig encourages motorists to "enjoy the end of the summer responsibly by designating a sober driver whenever you plan to consume alcohol."

Craig stated "simple forethought could ultimately save a life."

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