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Roving DUI Patrols/Sobriety Checkpoints on Monday

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Numerous law enforcement agencies in northwest Indiana will be conducting roving DUI patrols and sobriety checkpoints on Monday, St. Patrick's Day, in conjunction with the statewide Operation Pull Over Blitz, which began February 28th and continues through March 23rd. Chair of the Porter County Drunk Driving Task Force and Valparaiso Police Sgt. Michael Grennes says they encourage everyone to go out and have a good time, but to be smart about it and if your too drunk to drive, call a taxi, or someone sober to get you or have a designated driver.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports in 2011, on average, one person was killed every 53 minutes in a drunk driving crash in the US. Most of these crashes involved drunk drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations of .15 or higher, almost twice the legal limit of .08.
To prevent these tragedies from occurring,Mike Grennes recommends the following steps to have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day:
  • Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police. You could save a life.


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