“Safe Family Travel” Traffic Enforcement Begins this Weekend

The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Traffic Safety Partnership will be out in force this month as part of the annual statewide “Safe Family Travel” seatbelt and drunk driving enforcement campaign. This high-visibility enforcement effort, also known as Operation Pull Over Blitz 81, will run from November 14 through November 30, 2014 and encompass the Thanksgiving Holiday.

This seatbelt and drunk driving enforcement campaign will consist of seatbelt patrols, DUI saturation patrols and at least one sobriety checkpoint. These efforts are all part of a comprehensive plan to curb drunk driving and increase seatbelt use in November and throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.

Of all the people killed in traffic collisions in Indiana last year, nearly 56 percent were not wearing their seatbelt. In Vanderburgh County alone, there were 173 traffic collisions that involved a driver under the influence of alcohol. 130 of those drivers had a BAC above .08 (the legal limit).

Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Deputies, Evansville Police Officers and Indiana State Police Troopers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired. Please remember to wear your seatbelt, you’ll avoid a traffic citation and maybe even save your life.

This Thanksgiving Holiday, if you choose to drive impaired you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.

Funding for local seatbelt and impaired driving enforcement is provided by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) through a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Pictured above: Press conference announcing upcoming enforcement.  Pictured left to right: Sgt. Scott Hurt (EPD), Mr. Mark Hartman (ICJI), Sheriff Dave Wedding (VCSO), Lt. Noah Robinson (VCSO)