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October 25, 2010

State Police make 356 drunken driving arrests in statewide campaign

PENDLETON, Ind. — A statewide driving under the influence enforcement project by State Police last weekend resulted in 356 impaired driving arrests, 3,242 traffic citations and 6,018 written warnings.

Officers also made 370 arrests for various criminal violations, according to State Police.

The operation was done between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday across the state. Enforcement personnel throughout the state were assigned to this detail to seek and arrest impaired drivers, according to the release from State Police.

Impaired driving remains one of the country's deadliest problems, according to the release.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2008, 37,261 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes. That same year, 11,773 people were killed in crashes that involved a driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. That means every 45 minutes someone in the U.S. died in a crash involving an impaired driver.

In Indiana, in 2009, there were a total of 189,676 crashes -- 8,855 of them were alcohol related, according to the release. State Police said the purpose of the two-day enforcement campaign was to remove impaired drivers from state roadways before they caused needless pain, suffering and death to innocent victims.

The agency has committed to reducing the number of impaired driving crashes. As of Oct. 1, State Police have made 7,195 impaired driving arrests. In 2009, troopers

arrested 9,395 impaired drivers, a 34 percent increase over 2008.

In the Pendleton District over the two-day enforcement, there were 27 impaired driving arrests and 21 arrests for various criminal violations. Troopers also issued 206 traffic citations and 361 written warnings.

Motorists are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. Callers should give a vehicle description, location and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver, according to the release.

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