Focus on Impaired Driving.
by Cpl Edward Koczan
Your chances of seeing more patrol cars making more traffic stops for offenses from seat belt use to speeding and up to drunk driving (Operating While Intoxicated) are very good.
A county wide Traffic Safety/DUI Taskforce cooperative state grant involving South Bend, Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, and Walkerton Police officers participate in a campaign known as Operation Pullover, which allows for patrols, training, and traffic related equipment funding, but most of all allows officers funding for increased patrols to specifically detect and arrest impaired drivers weekly.
Part of the campaign is focusing especially on drunk driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) national campaign began in 2007 is titled "Drunk Driving: Over the limit. Under Arrest". NHTSA wants you to know some important factors:
Did you know...
About 97% of Americans see drinking and driving as a threat to themselves and their families.
- 08 BAC is the law in every State in America.
- High visibility enforcement works by creating general deterrence.
- Drive at the illegal rate of .08 BAC & you'll be arrested.
The South Bend Police Department is also a part of the St Joseph County Traffic Safety Taskforce, comprised of officers from South Bend, Mishawaka, St Joe County and Walkerton. Increased patrols for traffic safety is a big part of the Task Force's success, with state wide awards having been won by the South Bend Police Department as "Best In State" for traffic safety for year 2006 and again in 2007 as part of the Big Cities Patrol grant as recognized by the ICJI, the Governor's Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving.
Drinking and driving is a serious crime, and one of the most preventable. Don't do it.