"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign starts this week

The Allen County Traffic Safety partnership consisting of Fort Wayne, Allen County, New Haven and Woodburn Police Department are joining 230 law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunk drivers. They are doing this for their campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”.

Posted: Aug. 8, 2018 5:26 PM
Updated: Aug. 8, 2018 6:18 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Even though the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign has been around for several years, Lieutenant Tony Maze said it's very effective, especially around holiday time.

"The Labor Day weekend, which becomes a three day weekend, for some folks extends that period where alcohol may be consumed," Maze said.

A lot of people will be traveling then, which increases the risk of crashes, so any type of irregular driving like swerving, braking erratically, or driving on the wrong side of the road will more than likely put you in contact with the state's new portable breath test, which they plan to use during the campaign.

"We got some that will be starting this week, and also into Labor Day weekend. We have drivers that will be signed up and designated for those specific driving tests," Chief Henry McKinnon with New Haven Police said.

This campaign was effective for both Fort Wayne and New Haven last year, and they are sending out warnings now, so you won't have to dish out the usual $10,000 of DWI costs.

"In the OWI patrol, we put in 40 hours, we had 29 vehicles stopped, and in that we have 9 misdemeanor arrests, 2 felony OWI charges and a total of 24 citations also issued during that time," McKinnon explained.

With New Haven being a smaller police department, this campaign helps them with their workload.

"It's not as overwhelming as we've had that many arrests before we do these campaigns. That's the main reason we do them."

Drivers can expect this campaign to go into effect August 10th, so expect to see more police officers on the road.

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