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Operation Pull Over Blitz 70 March 2 - 18 2012

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For Immediate Release: March 1, 2012

Contact: Public Information Office, 260 427-1343

City of Fort Wayne Police Department

City of Fort Wayne Police Begins Impaired Driving Crackdown

Officers working overtime to keep Hoosier roadways safe this March

Fort Wayne, IN. – Beginning Friday, March 2nd, Fort Wayne Police officers will join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies across the Hoosier state in the Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. March crackdown on impaired and dangerous driving. 

Through March 18, officers will work overtime to conduct high-visibility enforcement activities designed specifically to identify impaired drivers. Motorists will also see an increased number of patrols looking for aggressive drivers and unrestrained motorists during the 17-day mobilization.

Impaired driving is a crime – one too deadly to ignore,” said Lieutenant Anthony Maze, Fort Wayne Police Traffic Division. “That’s why we don’t give warnings, or accept excuses – if you’re over the limit, in Fort Wayne, you will be arrested.”

In March 2011, there were 50 fatalities on Indiana roadways. Of these, twenty-eight (28) percent involved a driver who was legally intoxicated. 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.  

Operation Pull Over Blitz 70 is a statewide enforcement effort supported by federal funding allocated to the City of Fort Wayne Police Department from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).  Indiana’s crackdown on impaired driving will be reinforced by a paid statewide media campaign as well as public outreach efforts geared towards the prevention of impaired and dangerous driving.

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