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Area Police Departments Cracking Down On Impaired Driving
Updated August 12, 2014 7:00 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(UNDATED) - Area police departments are increasing patrols through Labor Day with a direct message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

There will be zero tolerance for anyone attempting to drive while impaired.

Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be immediately arrested and taken to jail. Officers will be working overtime to identify and apprehend those who disregard the message.

In 2013, there were 114 fatal alcohol-impaired collisions in Indiana. This accounted for 16 percent of all fatal crashes. Those most likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash are between the ages of 21 and 44. There was a 24 percent decrease in fatal collisions between 2012 and 2013.

Police say the community can help in getting dangerous drivers off the road, by reporting possible intoxicated driver. Call 911 immediately and report the location, description of vehicle and direction of travel. This will help officers observe the activity and take necessary action to prevent a possible tragedy.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funds for overtime enforcement and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute works with state and local law enforcement agencies to administer the program.

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