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The Seymour Police Department will participate in Operation Pullover Operating while Intoxicated (OWI) blitz starting on Friday and running through Labor Day weekend.
Operation Pullover is a federally funded traffic safety initiative coordinated by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). This overtime traffic safety detail pays off duty officers with federal grant money to patrol and attempt to locate impaired drivers traveling on roads in a particular community. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funds for the overtime enforcement. Seymour Police Captain Carl Lamb says that officers will have a zero tolerance policy for anyone driving impaired. Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be immediately be arrested and taken to jail.
Law enforcement says that in 2013, there were 114 fatal crashes in Indiana that included alcohol as a component, accounting for 16-percent of all fatal crashes in the state. Capt. Lamb says that those most likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash are between the ages of 21 and 44. While there was a 24-percent decrease in fatal collisions between 2012 and 2013, police want the number to be reduced to zero. “One life lost is too many, so we'll be out in force to locate and arrest those who make the unacceptable decision to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs,” said Captain Lamb.
“If you see someone driving in a manner you suspect of being impaired, there is a very good chance, you are right,” noted Captain Lamb. He continued, “Call 911 immediately and report the location, direction of travel, and description of the vehicle, as this will help officers observe the activity of the suspect and take necessary actions to prevent a possible tragedy.”
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 05, 2014 6:13:12 PM
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