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No Alcohol Arrests In Annual Crackdown In Martin County

Last updated on Thursday, April 11, 2013

(SHOALS) - The Martin County Sheriff’s Department says no alcohol-related arrests were made during the Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest campaign in March.

The Martin County Sheriff's Department dedicated four hours of overtime to the campaign.

One non-alcohol related arrest was made during the 17-day mobilization.

Citations were issued for various other violations, including seatbelt violations, speeding and following too closely.

"The goal of this campaign is prevention, not arrests," says Sgt. Keith Keller. "Our enforcement efforts may have increased over the last 17 days, but drivers should remember our commitment to keeping roadways safe from impaired and dangerous drivers is a year round effort."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 609 crash fatalities on St. Patrick's Day in 2010. Of those crashes, 6 precent involved an impaired driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.

Operation Pull Over Blitz 74 was supported by federal funding allocated to the Martin County Sheriff's Department from the Traffic Safety Division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. More than 250 Indiana law enforcement agencies participated in this annual statewide enforcement effort, which generally occurs around the St. Patrick's Day holiday.

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