Authorities in Batesville and the Franklin County Sheriffs Department announced that it will join more than 250 agencies across the Hoosier state in an initiative to crack down on impaired drivers. The Indiana State Police will also be involved in the effort.
The increased patrols begin February 28 and run through March 23, encompassing St. Patrick’s Day and sporting events such as March Madness.
“We will have a strong and visible police presence aimed at deterring dangerous driving and getting impaired drivers off the street,” said Lt. Doug Wolfer of the Batesville Police Department. “If you plan to drink alcohol – don’t drive. Designate a sober driver.”
Police suggest these tips to ensure that you and other vehicles on the roadway make it home safe:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police.
- If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take the keys and help that person make other arrangements to get to where he or she is going safely.