Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel periods in Indiana and Ripley and Franklin counties, and police are adding extra patrols to increase safety on the state’s streets and highways.
“Until Dec. 1, we will have saturation patrols as part of a comprehensive effort to curb impaired driving,” said Batesville Police Lt. Doug Wolfer. “Anyone found to be driving impaired will be arrested. Also, occupants not using seat belts or who are not properly restrained will be cited and given a ticket.
“In fact, in Indiana, more than 50 percent of fatalities in auto accidents are due to passengers who did not buckle up,” he revealed.
In November 2012, there were 355 alcohol-related crashes across the state, resulting in 155 injuries and five fatalities.
Law enforcement agencies from across the state, including the Batesville Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police are jointly participating in a statewide effort to crack down on impaired driving and seat belt enforcement during over the Thanksgiving holiday period.
“If you see someone driving in a manner you suspect of being impaired, there is a high probability you are right,” Wolfer pointed out. “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.”
He also noted that vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for kids between the ages of 8-15. “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 speak with experts about the proper installation of child safety seats.”