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Indiana State Police to increase patrols for Labor Day weekend

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Posted at 11:58 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 23:58:39-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Troopers from the Indiana State Police will be stepping up patrols this Labor Day weekend in an effort to cut down on crashes, injuries and fatalities.

The state police will be participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign. State troopers will be conducting overtime patrols now through Labor Day seeking out dangerous and impaired drivers.

The extra patrols are supported by funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and are distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

"Last year, one person died every 50 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the U.S.," Devon McDonald," executive director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, said. "Every one of those fatalities could've been prevented. Help us save lives by putting an end to this reckless behavior."

Law enforcement agencies across the state have been participating in the campaign for over 20 years. This year, more than 200 state and local agencies will be taking part.