Indiana Motorists are Reminded of Two Things this Thanksgiving

Drive-Sober-or-Get-Pulled-OverThe La Porte Police Department will working to make the streets of La Porte safer this Thanksgiving holiday by participating in Operation Pull Over Blitz #77 which starts on November 8, 2013 and runs through December 1, 2013. The department has 184 hours of special impaired and seat belt patrols scheduled during the blitz period.

The Thanksgiving holiday period is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and to help save lives on Indiana roadways this Thanksgiving, the La Porte Police Department will tomorrow launch a statewide blitz, known as Safe Family Travel.

Safe Family Travel is an annual enforcement effort that combines high-visibility seatbelt and impaired driving patrols. Conducted by more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies that receive federal highway safety funding from Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the effort will run through December 1.

During this 23-day blitz, Indiana law enforcement officers will work thousands of overtime hours - day and night, to ensure that motorists are driving responsibly and traveling safely on the state’s roadways.

“During this Thanksgiving holiday, many more people are on the road traveling to visit friends and family. So whether you’re traveling across the country or just across town, one of the best ways to ensure a safe arrival is to always buckle up, and if you plan to consume alcohol, designate a sober driver,” said Captain Tom Heath.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent, when seat beats are worn correctly.

“Safe Family Travel” is supported by federal highway safety funding awarded to the La Porte Police Department from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. The mobilization is reinforced by a paid, statewide advertising campaign and additional public outreach efforts. These efforts are designed to increase the regular use of motor vehicle seat belts among all passengers and reduce the number of impaired driving collisions on Indiana’s roadways.