By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
---- — Officers from local and state law enforcement agencies will participate in a nationwide effort to make area roads a safe environment for families and all motorists from now through the end of the Labor Day weekend.
According to chief deputy Duane Raab, the Rush County Sheriff Department is a willing participant in the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” drunk driver campaign.
“Every year, nearly one-third of all deaths directly linked to motorist involve the use of alcohol. During previous efforts we have targeted safety measures such as seatbelt use and have been very successful from our standpoint; this time around, we are targeting impaired drivers,” Raab said.
Operation Pull Over is financially supported by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and no local departmental monies are used to pay for the overtime hours realized by the officers.
“If you drive impaired, you will go to jail. There will be no warnings and no excuses accepted. Don’t take the chance, driving drunk is not worth the risk,” the deputy said.
During Labor Day weekend 2012, officers statewide investigated 115 alcohol-related crashes on Hoosier roads while handing out 14,655 citations for various violations. Nearly 700 individuals were arrested on misdemeanor charges of operating while intoxicated and an additional 106 felony OWI arrests were realized for repeat OWI offenders.
Rushville police officer Brent Campbell said that consuming alcohol and operating any sort of vehicle doesn’t mix, and officers will be on high alert for signs of impairment.
Troopers from the Indiana State Police, DNR and the RPD will also participate in this round of OPO which continues through Sept. 2.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 795.932.2222 x106