NORTHERN INDIANA — Officers from the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department will increase patrols as motorists take to the roads this Thanksgiving holiday. Beginning Nov. 11 and ending Dec. 4, officers from both agencies will begin participating in Indiana’s “Safe Family Travel” campaign. More than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies will be participating.
Using saturated patrols and high visibility zones to detect drunk drivers and to identify seat belt and child restraint violations, roadways will be safer through officers efforts this holiday season.
Motorists are encouraged to be alert this Thanksgiving holiday and practice safe driving habits. If you spot a suspected drunk driver, please call 911 to report the driver immediately as you may save a life. Buckle up, utilize a designated driver when needed and take time to reach your destination.
According to Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, in November 2015 there were 533 alcohol-related crashes across Indiana, resulting in 220 injuries and seven fatalities. Additionally, in the same month, crash reports indicate 285 accidents involved a driver or a passenger unrestrained, resulting in 302 injuries and 16 fatalities.
Those traveling with children should be knowledgeable on the proper use of restraints and boosters for children. Studies have shown the leading cause of death for kids between the ages of 8 and 15 is traffic crashes. Additional information on the proper use of these devices can be found at www.childseat.gov.