DATE: Friday, August 21, 2015
SUBJECT: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Enforcement
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding

The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Traffic Safety Partnership will be participating in the annual nationwide ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over‘ drunk driving enforcement campaign. Indiana’s high-visibility enforcement effort, also known as Operation Pull Over Blitz 83, will run from August 19 through September 7, 2015. The traffic safety partnership held a press conference at Bud’s Harley Davidson on Morgan Avenue today to announce the blitz.

This drunk driving enforcement campaign will consist of saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints as part of a comprehensive effort to curb drunk driving in August and through the Labor Day holiday weekend. Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Deputies, Evansville Police Officers and Indiana State Police Troopers within Vanderburgh County will join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies, and thousands more across the country, to conduct high-visibility patrols aimed at discouraging drinking and driving. Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.

According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), in 2014 there were 94 fatal alcohol-impaired collisions in Indiana. A total of 15 motorcyclists were killed in alcohol-impaired collisions. Motorcyclists face an increased threat from impaired drivers due to the lack of crash protection inherent to motorcycles as well as their lower visibility.

Sheriff Dave Wedding stated, “Our participation in this nationwide effort will help make Vanderburgh County roadways safer for everyone this Labor Day. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, please do not get behind the wheel or on your bike.”

On this Labor Day if you do choose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.

Funding for local impaired driving enforcement is provided by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) through a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Pictured above (left to right): Mr. Mark Hartman (ICJI), Lt. Noah Robinson (VCSO), Sgt. Todd Ringle (ISP), Sgt. Scott Hurt (EPD)

Pictured above: ‘Choose Your Ride’ squadcabs and motorcycle units at Bud’s Harley-Davidson.

Earlier: Press Release Number 2015-NR-056