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DATE:   11/2/2011



Police Looking Out for Impaired, Unbelted Motorists

Allen County Sheriff’s Department adding additional officers through Thanksgiving

Allen County, IN- The Allen County Sheriff’s Department today announced that they will increase their efforts to detect Allen County motorists who drive impaired or fail to wear a seat belt.


Officers will join nearly 250 other law enforcement agencies across the state to conduct the annual Safe Family Travel campaign. Beginning November 11, police will be conducting high-visibility enforcement efforts such as saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. This annual campaign also targets unrestrained motorists.

“We are simply asking drivers to put safety first this holiday season,” said Corporal Jeremy Tinkel. “Getting behind the wheel impaired is never okay,” Tinkel continued. “Either celebrate sober or designate a sober driver, otherwise, you’ll be spending the holiday with us.”

“As the holiday season approaches, we will dedicate even more time to keeping motorists safe on Allen County roadways,” said Cpl. Tinkel “We’re asking drivers to put safety first this holiday season by designating a sober driver if they consume alcohol and remembering to wear a seat belt every trip, every time”

Research shows that the use of a safety belt can decrease your chances of death or injury in the event of a motor vehicle collision by up to 50 percent.


The Safe Family Travel campaign continues through November 27.

To learn more about high-visibility enforcement efforts, visit

The “Safe Family Travel” campaign is supported by federal funding allocated to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).


CONTACT:   Corporal Jeremy Tinkel

                        Public Information Officer

                        260-449-7294 / 260-615-6715