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Police Increase Patrols Through Holiday Season

Source: ISP

Federal funds put more police on the roads looking for drunken and unbuckled drivers

Police agencies will step up patrols this Thanksgiving weekend. WNIN’s John Gibson has details:

The AAA predicts nearly 49 million people will be traveling by car in the U.S. this holiday week, a rebound to almost pre-pandemic levels.

Indiana State Police say this time of year also sees higher drinking rates, which combined with the higher number of drivers on the road, makes it an especially dangerous time for motorists.

The ISP says starting this week, officers will be out in greater numbers conducting saturation patrols designed to discourage impaired driving and to promote the use of seat belts.

The Safe Family Travel operations run through New Year’s Day.

ISP Commander of the Evansville District, Lieutenant Brian Bailey, says “We’re not telling people they can’t drink. We’re asking people to be responsible and to not drink and drive.”

The extra high-visibility enforcement is funded with grants provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.