Friday marked day one of Indiana’s two-week “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Blitz to help combat alcohol-related crash fatalities in the state.
Drivers should be surprised if they notice an increased police presence on the roads.
The St. Joseph County Safety Partnership deployed “saturation patrols” from each of the 9 agencies working in the program beginning Friday night.
“Were going out, we’re gonna be looking for that aggressive driver that's speeding, disregarding automatic signals, running stop signs, driving left of center and committing other traffic violations,” said Lt. Tim Williams of the Mishawaka Police Dept.
Williams said the goal is to identify erratic driving that could hint at an intoxicated driver behind the wheel.
“The goal is to get that drunk driver off the road before any tragic event happens to the driver or any person they come in contact with,” Lt. Williams said.
Two sobriety checkpoints set up last weekend in Mishawaka and South Bend resulted in 4 misdemeanor DUI arrests.
The blitz will run through Labor Day weekend.