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Two-day DUI blitz nets 373 arrests

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INDIANAPOLIS(WANE) – Indiana State Police reported Monday that two-day campaign took 373 impaired drivers off state roadways over the weekend.

In addition to the DUI arrests on Friday and Saturday, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., troopers also issued 3,717 traffic citations and 6,262 warnings. Officers also made 402 arrests for various criminal violations.

The purpose of the two day enforcement campaign was to remove impaired drivers from Indiana roadways before they caused needless pain, suffering, and death to innocent victims. The Indiana State Police is committed to reducing the number of impaired driving crashes.

ISP said impaired driving remains one of America’s deadliest problems. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, 33,808 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes. That same year, 10,839 people were killed in crashes that involved a driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. That means every 48 minutes someone died in a crash involving an impaired driver. In Indiana, in 2009, there were a total of 189,676 crashes, 8,855 of them were alcohol related, resulting in 168 deaths.

Motorists are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. Give a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver.

 

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Reposted: http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/indiana/two-day-dui-blitz-nets-373-arrests

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