St. Joe Co. DUI Task Force receives traffic safety award

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- The task force in charge of keeping streets safe from drunk drivers in St. Joe County was honored Wednesday by the state.

They received the award for being a top-five department in the state.

All of the officers received plaques and the department gets $8,000 to use as they need.

The DUI Task Force has been very successful in the five years since they've been founded.

All of the officers work overtime on their own time to do the check points.

In the last year they have made over 5,000 stops and had 245 DUI arrests and cited 241 people for seat belt violations.

“I see a lot of camaraderie here,” Lance Grubbs, Northeast Indiana Region Law Enforcement Liaison, said. “They work together. The officers have a genuine concern to arrest drunk drivers. Now there has been a history here especially in Mishawaka with an officer being killed by a drunk driver. That may motivate him a little more.”

And they will be holding more check points this Friday with the NCAA basketball games around the county from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

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