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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Friday, August 20, 2021

UNDATED - Labor Day weekend is coming up, and the Indiana State Police is warning residents and visitors against drinking and driving.

The department is taking part in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization to educate motorists about the dangers and consequences of impaired driving. Now until September 6th, officers will be increasing patrols showing zero tolerance for anyone caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The extra high-visibility enforcement is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

About 28 people die in the U.S. in drunk driving crashes every day. That’s approximately one person every 52 minutes and more than 10,000 annually, according to statistics.

In Indiana, drunk driving has been on the rise. Of the 898 fatal traffic deaths that occurred last year in the state, 151, or 17 percent, were alcohol-related. That’s up from 130 in 2019.

During Labor Day weekend alone, there were 12 fatal collisions with one involving a driver over the legal limit.

In Indiana, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. In addition, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to one year.



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