In an effort to reduce automobile crashes related to dangerous or impaired driving, local law enforcement and the Indiana State Police have announced they will be increasing patrols and setting up sobriety check points in random locations throughout the month of March. Between St. Patrick’s Day festivities and the NCAA basketball tournaments, many Hoosiers will be out celebrating. According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), in March 2016 there were 495 alcohol-related crashes. Sadly, eleven of those crashes resulted in fatalities.
Crashes from impaired and dangerous driving are easily preventable. Make sure you have a plan prior to enjoying the festivities:
· Designate a driver
· Get an Uber or Lyft (tip: download the app well in advance of when you may need it) or take a taxi
· If you see an impaired driver or someone driving dangerously, call 911.
Read more from the Indiana State Police regarding the March 2017 Enforcement Campaign: