The Evansville Police Department plans to conducts a "full-court press" in March to combat impaired and dangerous driving. during a month that features St. Patrick's Day and the NCAA Tournament.
EPD announced on Thursday that officers will be cracking down and dnagerous and impaired driving in March, as part of a statewide enforcement campaign that will go from Ferbuary 26 to March 21.
Officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols showing zero tolerance for anyone driving aggresively, over the speed limit, or under the influence.
“Dangerous and impaired driving continues to be a problem, especially around high-risk events like St. Patrick’s Day and the NCAA Tournament,” said Lieutenant Paul Kirby. “However you celebrate this year, do so responsibly. Slow down, buckle up and if you drink, don’t drive. It’s that simple.”
Dangerous driving includes such factors as speeding, tailgating and disregarding a traffic signal – all of which are against the law in Indiana. Additionally, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year.
To avoid the potential for legal fees and criminal charges, the department recommends following these simple steps:
- Slow down and follow all posted speed limits.
- Never drive impaired. If you plan on drinking, plan for a safe, sober ride home.
- Do not tailgate or drive aggressively.
- Put down the phone and avoid distracted driving.
- Buckle up – every trip, every time.
The overtime patrols are funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through an Indiana Criminal Justice Institute grant.