Fort Wayne Police Department Releases Crackdown Results
More than 65 arrested for alcohol-related offenses
The Allen County Traffic Safety Partnership, comprised of the Fort Wayne, New Haven, and Allen County Police Departments announced today that officers with the Partnership made sixty-five (65) alcohol-related arrests and issued seven (7) citations for open alcohol container violations during the March crackdown, Operation Pull Over Blitz 66, which targeted impaired and dangerous driving.
In all, agency officers dedicated over nine-hundred (900) hours of overtime towards Indiana’s annual mobilization against impaired and dangerous driving. One-hundred nine (109) custodial arrests were made during the 17-day mobilization, most of which were for Operating a vehicle While Intoxicated (OWI). Citations were also issued for various other violations, including seven-hundred sixty-eight (768) speed violations and one-hundred three (103) seat belt violations and sixty-nine (69) red light violations. In addition, there were a total of six-hundred fifty-four (654) warnings issued for a variety of infractions.
“The goal of this campaign is prevention, not arrest,” said Lt. Tony Maze, Fort Wayne Police Department. “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,” Lt. Maze continued.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 103 crash fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day in 2009. Of those crashes, 37 percent involved an impaired driver and/or motorcyclist with a (BAC) of .08 and higher.
Operation Pull Over Blitz 66 was supported by federal funding allocated to the Fort Wayne Police Department from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). More than 250 Indiana law enforcement agencies participated in this annual, statewide enforcement effort, which generally occurs around the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.
To learn more about Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest enforcement efforts, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.org.