Operation Pullover aims to stop drunk driving

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Starting Friday, police will begin Operation Pullover, a statewide initiative involving extra patrols looking for drunk or otherwise dangerous drivers.

More than 250 police agencies will take part, including local and state police.

Drivers, they say, will notice heavier patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

Last year during the same time frame, 388 crashes involving illegal drugs or alcohol were reported, leaving 158 people hurt and four dead.

Police say they’re trying to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

“Make sure if you’re out there and having a good time, make sure you have a designated driver,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley. “You can use the public transit if you feel that you’re too intoxicated to drive. If you see a friend or somebody that is intoxicated and they’re getting ready to try to drive, take their keys away from them and take them home.”

Police also say:

  • Plan a safe way home before you go out.
  • If you plan to drink.. don’t drive at all.. leave your keys at home (DD).
  • Call a taxi or family member if you do need a ride.
  • If you see a drunk driver, call police.

Operation Pullover runs from February 28 – March 23.

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