Police increase patrols as holiday approaches

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ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE)  The Fort Wayne and New Haven Police departments and the Allen County Sheriff’s Department are cracking down on impaired driving now though Labor Day.

Officers join a national campaign, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ to announce zero tolerance for anyone attempting to drive while impaired.

“Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be immediately arrested and taken to jail,” Lieutenant Tony Maze said. “Officers will be working overtime to identify and apprehend those who disregard our message.”

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.

Police said if anyone should see someone who appears to be an impaired driver, they should call 911 and report the location, description and direction the vehicle is traveling.

In 2013, there were 373 total collisions in which alcohol was a factor in Allen County. Six of those collisions resulted in a fatal injury and 137 incidents had other minor to possibly life threatening injuries.

“One life lost is too many, so we’ll continue to be out in force to catch those who make the unacceptable decision to drive while impaired,” Maze said.

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