(La Porte County, IN) - The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing patrols as part of the Safe Family Travel holiday enforcement campaign. Starting this week, deputies will be out in greater numbers showing zero tolerance for anyone driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The LCSO joins more than 200 participating law enforcement agencies in the campaign, which runs through January 1 of next year. While deputies will be primarily targeting impaired drivers, they will also be on high alert for seat belt violations and other forms of unsafe driving. The goal is to help ensure people make it to and from their celebrations safely.
The extra high-visibility enforcement is funded with grants provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration administered through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
"If you’re out celebrating over the holidays, make sure you have a sober ride home," said Captain Derek J. Allen.
Allen also said the cost in various ways is not worth taking the chance.
“Driving impaired is costly and could be deadly. Not only could you kill yourself or someone else in a crash, but you could also face thousands of dollars in legal fees, jail time, or a revoked license. It’s not worth the risk.”
Statistics show over 900 people have died in motor vehicle crashes, so far, this year in Indiana. This makes 2022 one of only three years in the past decade to break 900 fatalities statewide, officials said. Impaired driving is cited as the cause of a significant number of those fatalities.