Valparaiso Officers Increasing DUI Patrols

valpopoliceLaw enforcement agencies from across Indiana are participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign which is now underway and lasts through Labor Day.

Valparaiso officers will be working extra patrols during the blitz period searching for impaired and aggressive drivers. The extra patrols will be taking place throughout the work week and during the weekends.

In 2013, there were 114 fatal alcohol-impaired collisions in Indiana. This accounted for 16 percent of all fatal crashes. Those most likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash are between the ages of 21 and 44. There was a 24 percent decrease in fatal collisions between 2012 and 2013.

“If you see someone driving in a manner you suspect of being impaired, there is a high probability you are right,” Police Chief Michael Brickner said. “Call 911 immediately and report the location, description, and direction the vehicle is traveling. This will help officers observe the activity of the suspect and take necessary action to prevent a possible tragedy.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funds for overtime enforcement and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute works with state and local law enforcement agencies to administer the program.