Impaired driving blitz begins Friday

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — During 2013, there were 114 fatal alcohol-impaired collisions in the state of Indiana. To combat drinking and driving, Tippecanoe County area law enforcement will team up for Blitz 80, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

This year’s Blitz 80 will begin Friday, Aug. 8 and will involve the Tippecanoe County Traffic Safety Partnership. The participating agencies include the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office and the Lafayette, West Lafayette and Purdue police departments.

According to the latest data collected from 2012, alcohol-impaired driving in the United States resulted in 10,322 deaths, which was 31 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities. Area law enforcement agencies will conduct additional patrols in an effort to detect and apprehend impaired drivers. The additional officers are funded through a grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports the number of individuals involved in alcohol-related crashes grew three percent annually since 2009. The program urges all drivers to utilize a designated driver or obtain alternate transportation if they have been drinking.

Be smart, don’t become the next statistic.

Source: Statistics provided from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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