Police crackdown targets drunken drivers

Officers with Seymour Police Department along with those from more than 250 other Indiana law enforcement agencies plan a crackdown on impaired and dangerous driving.

The extra enforcement, known as Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, begins today and will continue through March 24, according to a news release from Capt. Carl Lamb.

The enforcement period covers several sporting events and St. Patrick’s Day, Lamb said.

“This enforcement effort is about showing a strong and visible police presence aimed at deterring dangerous behaviors and getting drunken drivers off the street,” Lamb said.

In 2012, there were 6,264 alcohol-related wrecks with 97 fatalities in the state. Last March, there were 524 alcohol-related wrecks with six fatalities.

Lamb said police are encouraging people to plan a safe way home before events begin by designating a sober driver and leaving their keys at home.

If impaired, a person should use a taxi or call a sober friend or family member to get home safely, Lamb said.

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