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Fort Wayne Police to Target Impaired and Dangerous Driving
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The Fort Wayne Police Department will participate in an upcoming nationwide impaired driving enforcement campaign, which begins March 04, 2011 through March 20, 2011.

This enforcement period gives us the opportunity to step up our presence in the community and send the message to drivers that impaired and dangerous driving will not be tolerated. Officers will work overtime to conduct high-visibility enforcement activities designed specifically to identify impaired drivers. In 2009, 24.9 percent of all fatal collisions in Indiana were alcohol-related. According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), alcoholic beverages continue to be assigned as the primary factor in more than one-third of alcohol related collisions in the state of Indiana

Motorists will also see an increased number of patrols looking for dangerous and aggressive drivers and unrestrained motorists during the 17-day mobilization. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines dangerous driving as an “individual committing a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” This definition encompasses risky driving, such as running red lights, or weaving in traffic, and speeding. Statewide, approximately 3,900 crashes were caused by a vehicle that disregarded an intersection traffic control device in 2009.

Operation Pull Over Blitz 66 is a statewide enforcement effort supported by federal funding allocated to the Fort Wayne Police Department from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).

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Day five into the seventeen-day mobilization nets more than a dozen OWI arrests, one minor consuming arrest, and two alcohol-related automobile crash investigations. Approximately two hundred traffic citatons were issued, of which fifty were for moving violations such as following too closely, improper lane usage, failing to signal, driving left of center, and licensing violations, and speeding, etc. The Fort Wayne Police reminds you to buckle-up and drive safely.

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Post Impaired Driver Collides with Police Cruiser 
Impaired Driver Rear-Ends Police Squad

Date/Time of Incident: March 11, 2011 / 10:13 pm
Location of Incident: S. Anthony Blvd. and Pettit Ave.


A Fort Wayne Police Cruiser was rear-ended by a vehicle whose driver had a blood alcohol level of .14%. The officer was stopped in his squad car southbound at the intersection of S. Anthony Blvd. and Pettit Ave when his vehicle was rear-ended by a 2001 Silver Cadillac Deville. The driver of the vehicle, a forty-year old male, was transported to a local hospital in fair condition, and charges are currently pending. The officer did not require medical attention at the scene. Both vehicles were rendered disabled and were towed from the scene.

To see photographs of the squad car, visit Press Releases
http://www.fwpd.org/news/press.html

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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.

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It's great to see citations given for following too closely. I was beginning to think everyone forgot that tailgating is dangerous and pointless. When I first started driving in the late 80s tailgaters were rare and now it seems to have become the norm.

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Just wondering why it is that the FWPD will target us civilians but when you catch your own co-workers drunk driving you just give them a ride home? Can we all use this when we go out and have alcohol on our breath and get pulled over? Do we all get one free pass? If so, where do I go to print it off?

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