Starke County Law-Enforcement Agencies Join State-Wide Initiative

For the first time in awhile, the law-enforcement agencies of Starke County are joining the state-wide Operation Pull Over campaign. The initiative started on Friday and will run through December 3rd. During this time, there will be increased patrols where officers will be on the look out for motorists violating the seat belt and impaired driving laws.

North Judson Town Marshall Kelly Fisher said her officers will be joining members of the Hamlet and Knox Police Departments as well as the Starke County Sheriff’s Office with the operation. She said it’s important to have this blitz at this time of the year since more people are out on the road visiting friends and family for the holidays.

One bit of advice she had for motorists was to have a designated driver if they plan to be attending a party where they’ll be drinking. She explained the procedure of what happens when an officer has probable cause to pull a vehicle over for driving under the influence. Continue reading

La Porte Police Department Participates in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign resulted in 18 citations and 7 arrests by the La Porte Police Department over a 25-day-period. Approximately 220 law-enforcement agencies across the state had overtime patrols supported through federal highway safety funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

La Porte Police Captain Pat Hemphill said these extra enforcement efforts help save the lives of impaired drivers, their passengers and others out on the road. He stated that officers in the La Porte Police Department are committed year-round to keeping roads as safe as possible. Continue reading

La Porte Police Conducting Enforcement Campaign

The La Porte City Police Department is joining 220 Indiana law enforcement agencies in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

Officers will be out in full force from mid-August through the Labor Day weekend in September targeting impaired drivers. They will increase sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols.

It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a (BAC) of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to one year. Continue reading

Police Agencies Report Successful Impaired Driving Blitz


The LaPorte City Police Department and the Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership recently wrapped up the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Officers from the Knox, North Judson and Hamlet Police Departments, plus the Starke County Sheriff’s Department wrote 63 citations, arrested six on Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated charges, and made eight other criminal arrests. Coordinator Dave Combs from the Knox City Police Department noted that officers worked 136 hours in extra patrols to keep the roadways safe from impaired drivers.

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Local Police Agencies Join Together for Impaired Driving Blitz

The Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership will be participating in a high-visibility crackdown on impaired and dangerous driving campaign.

Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over will begin Friday, March 8 and will continue through March 24. Due to the increase rate of alcohol consumption these events inspire, it’s a dangerous time on Indiana roadways and police want to keep roadways as safe as possible. Operation Pull Over is a federally-funded enforcement initiative administered by the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

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Statewide Impaired Driving Crackdown Begins Today

The statewide crackdown on impaired and dangerous driving, known as Blitz 72, will begin today and run until Sept. 3.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign funded and led by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Thousands of officers from more than 250 law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be on the roads to enforce impaired driving laws.

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Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership Finishes Blitz, Another Set for Next Week

The Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership recently participated in an Operation Pull Over Enforcement and gave out 11 speeding warnings, 45 equipment violation warnings, 1 open container ticket, 13 speeding citations, 5 Driving While Intoxicated arrests and 1 warrant arrest. This blitz was in accordance with the Indiana Governor’s Council on Impaired or Dangerous Driving.

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Indiana State Police to Participate in Operation Pull Over Blitz

Indiana State Police will join more than 260 Indiana law enforcement agencies to crackdown on impaired drivers. The campaign continues through September 5th.

Troopers from the Lowell Post will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint sometime this weekend in Porter County. Troopers will also be conducting saturation patrols targeting impaired drivers through September 5th.

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