The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department has announced they will be stepping up efforts in cracking down on impaired drivers in their area, alongside law enforcement throughout the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Aug. 17 to Sept. 3.
The nationwide effort will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising to create a comprehensive campaign to curb alcohol impaired driving in August and through the Labor Day holiday weekend. Police will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers during the campaign and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.
The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute says that on average, there is one alcohol-related driving fatality every 51 minutes across America, but efforts like these reduce that fatality rate by as much as 20 percent. In 2011, there were almost 5,000 alcohol-related traffic crashes in Indiana, with 111 of those over last year’s Labor Day weekend.
According to Marshall County Police, violators face jail time, the loss of their driver’s licenses, and steep financial consequences on top of tremendous personal embarrassment.