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Police increase traffic patrols, sobriety checkpoints through Labor Day with federal money

The right side and rear of a generic police car. The car is mostly white, with a long blue stripe above and then mixed with a black stripe along the side of the vehicle. In the stripe at the rear of the vehicle are the words "Dial 911" and in the center of the vehicle is the word "Police" in blue, next to a police star.
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Increased traffic enforcement efforts – centered around the Labor Day holiday – are made possible by federal dollars through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Nationally, the first three months of 2022 saw more people die in motor vehicle crashes than any first quarter over the last 20 years.

State and local police across Indiana will conduct more traffic patrols and sobriety checkpoints through Labor Day.

The increased enforcement efforts – centered around the holiday – are made possible by federal dollars through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Traffic fatalities are up more than 20 percent in Indiana for the first few months of this year compared to 2021. And drunk driving is the major factor in about a quarter of fatal collisions.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri.