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PERRY COUNTY – Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel periods in Indiana, and local and state police are adding extra patrols to increase safety on the county’s streets and highways.
“Until Dec. 1, we will have saturation patrols as part of a comprehensive effort to curb impaired driving,” said Assistant Chief John Allen of the Tell City Police Department. “Anyone found to be driving impaired will be arrested. Also, occupants not using seat belts or who are not properly restrained will be cited.”
In Indiana, more than 50 percent of fatalities in auto accidents are due to passengers who did not buckle up.
In November 2012, there were 355 alcohol-related crashes across Indiana resulting in 155 injuries and five fatalities.
The Tell City Police Department will participate in a statewide effort to crack down on impaired driving and seatbelt enforcement during the Thanksgiving holiday period.
“Since the crackdown began on Nov. 8, we have arrested one impaired driver in Tell City,” said Allen.
“If you see someone driving in a manner you suspect of being impaired,” Allen said, “call 911 immediately and report the location, description and direction the vehicle is traveling. This will help officers observe the activity of the suspect and take necessary action to prevent a possible tragedy.”
Statistics show that vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for kids between the ages of 8 and 15. For families with young children, it’s important to have a properly installed child safety seat or booster seat for each child.
Parents can visit childseat.in.gov for a list of locations and a toll-free phone number to learn about the proper installation of child safety seats.