Indiana State Police on the lookout for suspected drunk drivers

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Facebook By Jon Zimney – August 21, 2020 0 277 Facebook Twitter (Photo supplied/Indiana State Police) In 2018, there were just under 4,000 alcohol-impaired crashes in Indiana that resulted in 83 deaths. That’s just one of many reasons more than 200 state and local law enforcement agencies have joined the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.Of those crashes, 48 of them and 1 death happened during the Labor Day Holiday weekend. The campaign is going on now through Labor Day again this year. The patrols for it are supported by money from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which are distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.“People are having more parties as summer is winding down. We just typically see an increase of DUI arrests over this time period,” says Sergeant Matt Ames, Public Information Officer for the Putnamville District.Ames says one person is killed every 50 minutes by a drunk driver in the U.S. It’s something Ames calls “totally preventable.”“Unfortunately, the tragedies of someone choosing to drive drunk touches every county in the state of Indiana at some point or another,” says State Police Sergeant John Perrine, Public Information Officer for Central Indiana. “If we catch someone driving impaired, they will go to jail.”Perrine says there are several strategies they will implement during the campaign to catch people who are driving impaired.“Sometimes it’s high visibility patrol. Sometimes it’s DUI checkpoints. Sometimes it’s unmarked cars. We have different strategies in place and we’ll be using all of those,” says Perrine.In Indiana, it is illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Drivers under the age of 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and having their license suspended for up to a year.Ames says police will catch drivers, but they could also use your help.“If you happen to see an impaired driver, make sure that you call 911 and give the dispatcher an accurate description of the vehicle and a possible license plate number,” says Ames.Both Perrine and Ames say planning a safe and sober ride home is something you should do if you plan on drinking. They recommend using a ride-sharing service (like Uber or Lyft), public transportation, or a taxi to get home safely.“Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving,” says Ames. Previous articlePurdue taking a hard stance against parties in light of COVID-19Next articleSurvey suggests casino-goers would be okay with smoke-free gaming Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ Pinterest Indiana State Police on the lookout for suspected drunk drivers Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

Report: Adani Eyes Major Expansion Project at Mundra Port

first_imgIndia’s Adani Group has unveiled its plans to increase cargo capacity at the country’s Mundra port, according to the Hindu Business Line.Through its port operator, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ), the company would reportedly invest up to INR 57.59 billion (USD 832 million) to expand the operations at the port.Having handled a combined cargo of more than 200 mt in the year to March 2019, APSEZ has applied for environment and coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearances for raising the capacity of Mundra by 385 million tons (mt). Mundra currently has approval for handling 225 mt.The project includes extending the quay length by 14,470 metres, augmenting back-up facilities for handling multi-purpose, liquid, gas and cryogenic cargo, extending the eastern and western breakwater by 500 metres each in the south port, and constructing a 5,000 metre-long breakwater on the eastern side of west port, Hindu Business Line informed.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more