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Safe Family Travel, Nov. 16 - Dec. 2, 2012

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Indiana Motorists are Reminded of Two Things this Thanksgiving…
Click It or Ticket, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

[Fort Wayne, IN]The Thanksgiving holiday period is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and to help save lives on Indiana roadways this Thanksgiving, the Fort Wayne Police Department will launch a statewide blitz, known as Safe Family Travel, on Friday, November 16, 2012.  

Safe Family Travel is an annual enforcement effort that combines high-visibility seatbelt and impaired driving patrols.  Conducted by more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies that receive federal highway safety funding from Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the effort will run through December 2.

During this 16-day blitz, Indiana law enforcement officers will work thousands of overtime hours - day and night, to ensure that motorists are driving responsibly and traveling safely on the state’s roadways. 

In addition to the alcohol-related fatalities that occurred on Indiana roadways last November, data further shows that there were a total of 235 injuries and 32 serious bodily injuries reported this month.  Likewise, in addition to the fatalities that occurred due to non-restraint use, there were 476 injuries and 68 serious bodily injuries reported. 

Child passengers are also an impacted group.  In 2011, there were 5,191 children ages 0-15 involved in collisions resulting in 3,951 reported injuries and 38 fatalities.    

“Many of these injuries and deaths could be prevented if drivers would just plan ahead.  That is why we want to caution all drivers that if you are caught not wearing your seatbelt, or you have child passengers who are not properly restrained, you will be stopped and you will receive a ticket.  If you are caught driving impaired, we will detect you, and ultimately place you under arrest.”  

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent, when seat beats are worn correctly.   

“Safe Family Travel” is supported by federal highway safety funding awarded to the Fort Wayne Police Department from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. The mobilization is reinforced by a paid, statewide advertising campaign and additional public outreach efforts.  These efforts are designed to increase the regular use of motor vehicle seat belts among all passengers and reduce the number of impaired driving collisions on Indiana’s roadways.  

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