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Allen County Sheriff’s Department Makes Numerous Arrests During March Drunk Driving Enforcement

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 15, 2009

 

Allen County Sheriff’s Department Makes Numerous Arrests During March Drunk Driving Enforcement

 

Law enforcement officers from the Allen County Sheriff’s Department made a total of 6 drunk driving arrests, issued 542 traffic citations, and issued 779 warnings during its most recent enforcement mobilization.

 

Between March 6-22, Allen County officers dedicated 266 overtime hours towards the effort, which occurred during the Big Ten basketball tournament and St. Patrick’s Day holiday.   More than 250 Indiana law enforcement agencies participated in this high-visibility enforcement, which specifically targeted impaired, unrestrained and aggressive drivers.  

 

“Clearly, our efforts have been successful in creating safer roadways for not only Allen County residents, but for all motorists on Indiana roadways,” said Lt. Brian Knuth.

 

According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), alcohol and drugs were key components of driver fatalities in Indiana during 2007.  A total of 253 people were killed in alcohol-related collisions in Indiana in 2007 alone.  Of that number, 26 occurred during the month of March.

 

“The goal of these enforcement efforts is not to write tickets – the intent here is to save lives,” said ICJI Executive Director, T. Neil Moore. “The efforts of Allen County officers and our many other law enforcement partners across the state, are not only essential in creating safer Indiana roadways, but are also creating safer Indiana communities by removing wanted felons, drug traffickers and other criminals from our streets.”

 

Allen County officers also conducted compliance checks during the blitz, 4 businesses were found not to be compliant.