The Martin County Sheriff’s Department say officers with the department did not make a single alcohol related arrest during the Over the Limit, Under Arrest March crackdown on drunk driving.
In all, officers dedicated four hours of overtime towards Indiana’s annual mobilization against impaired and dangerous driving. Overall, one arrest was made duting the 17-day mobilization. The sheriff’s department says citations were also issued for various other violations, including seatbelt violations, speeding and following too closely.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 609 crash fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day in 2010. Of those crashes 6 percent involved an impaired driver and or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.
Operation Pull Over Blitz 74 was supported by federal funding allocated to the Martin County Sheriff’s Department from the traffic safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. More than 250 Indiana law enforcement agencies participated in this annual statewide enforcement effort, which generally occurs around the St. Patrick’s Day Holiday.