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Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
VIGO COUNTY SHERIFF's OFFICE
This holiday season, travel is expected to rebound to nearly pre-pandemic levels. According to AAA, it's predicted that 48.3 million people will be taking to the roads for the holiday, an 8 percent increase from last year. Unfortunately, heavier traffic, combined with declining seat belt use and the prevalence of impaired driving, makes this travel period particularly dangerous for road users.
In response, the Vigo County TSP is joining hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the state for the Safe Family Travel campaign. Over the next three weeks, officers will be out in greater numbers to discourage impaired driving and ensure drivers and passengers are properly buckled.
The high-visibility patrols are funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and will concentrate around Christmas and New Year's.
“Driving impaired, not wearing a seat belt and speeding are always concerns around this time of year," said Sheriff John Plasse. "That's why we're increasing patrols and encouraging those traveling to buckle up, drive sober and slow down. It's better to be late and reach your destination safely, than not at all."
In Indiana and nationwide, reckless driving incidents remain higher than during pre-pandemic times. As of early October, 683 people have been killed in crashes statewide, which is an 8 percent increase from the same time in 2019 and on pace with 2020 - one of the deadliest years in the past decade.
With one of the busiest travel periods still ahead, officers will be working to reverse this trend by focusing on impaired and unrestrained driving, two of the main causes behind the rise in fatalities.
Of the total number of vehicle occupants killed in crashes so far this year, more than 40 percent were not wearing seat belts. Moreover, seat belt use in Indiana declined for the first time in five years from 94.9 percent before the pandemic to 92.9 percent.
"Whether you're driving for 10 minutes or 10 hours, we're asking everyone to plan ahead and make safety their top priority," said Devon McDonald, ICJI Executive Director. "Don't be the reason there's an empty seat at your table or someone else's this Thanksgiving."
The department wants to remind motorists that most traffic fatalities can be prevented by taking some simple precautions: never drive impaired, always wear a seat belt, follow posted speed limits and avoid distractions.
Before consuming alcohol, plan a sober ride home, such as a designated driver or using a ride service or public transportation. Motorists are encouraged to call 911 if they encounter an impaired or unsafe driver on the road.
However, impaired driving isn't the only concern during the holiday season. Winter weather also poses challenges for motorists, and it's important to be prepared.
Always have an emergency kit in the vehicle with food, water, a phone charger, sand or cat litter, flares or bright LED alternatives, a flashlight, and blankets. Keep the vehicle full of gas, and make sure the battery is strong, fluids are at the correct levels and the spare tire is properly inflated.
Vigo County Health Department
Dec. 5 – Dec. 12
Real Hacienda, 2750 S 3rd St.-(4 Critical, 2 Non-Critical) Cooked pork, chicken and beans found without date markings. Shredded cheese in toppings cooler found at 50-52F should be 41F or less. Several uncovered employee drinks found in kitchen. Several “clean” plates found with accumulated debris.
Hira Grocers Country Mart, 4802 US Hwy 150 W - (4 Critical, 2 Non-Critical) Found floor tile on/in hand wash sink. Found dirt, flooring debris in hand wash sink. Found deli chubs, prepared sandwiches and various prepared food items without date markings. Found built up debris in soda nozzles.
China Wok, 3247 N 21st St – (2 Critical, 3 Non-Critical) Open top employee drink on shelf above rice. Breaded chicken and egg rolls in walk in cooler not date marked.
Real Hacienda, 3728 Wabash Ave. - (2 Critical, 2 Non-Critical) Front hand wash sink found with spoon inside and accumulated liquid residue. Found eggs being stored above prepped prepared foods in cooler.
Idle Creek, 5353 Eldridge Rd. – (2 Critical, 1 Non-Critical) Found dirty dishes on serving line. Found plastic tubes in hand wash sink behind/in bar area.
Casey’s General Store #3767, 9700 E US Hwy- (2 Critical) Found pizza, hamburgers and chicken in hot holding without time markings. Found sanitizer buckets throughout kitchen and establishment with no sanitizer measured.
Logan’s Ribeye, 100 S Fruitridge. – (2 Critical) Slicer found with encrusted food debris. Observed employee going from loading dirty dishes to unloading clean dishes without gloves/washing hands.
Light House Mission, 1201 S 13th St - (2 Critical) Mouse droppings in storage areas and kitchen, roaches along freezers and coolers ledges. Sanitizer not measured in dish machine.
Ulloas Mexican Restaurant, 1420 Lafayette Ave. - (1 Critical) Chicken breading found sitting at room temperature (discarded)
Poplar Pub, 2800 Poplar St. - (1 Critical) Prepped foods, cut chubs and opened packages of meat found without date markings.
The Mixing Bowl, - (1 Critical) Several containers of dressing and sauces not marked with date of consumption (discarded)
Wings Etc, Terre Haute North, 1800 Ft Harrison Rd (1 Critical, 2 Non-Critical) Ice machine found with built up pink debris.
Red Lobster #0070, 3407 S US Hwy -(1 Critical, 1 Non-Critical) Uncovered employee drink found in kitchen on prep line near top shelf microwave.
Real Hacienda, 2141 S St Rd 46.- (1 Critical) Observed dried food on knives stored in clean rack.
Cracker Barrel #156, 429 E Margaret Dr.- (3 Non-Critical)
Delish Café East, 8775 Wabash Ave.- (2 Non-Critical)
IvyFit, 1259 N Fruitridge. – (2 Non-Critical)
Kentucky Fried Chicken, 2000 Lafayette Ave. – (2 Non-Critical)
BPO Elks #86, 2125 N 25th St – (1 Non-Critical)
Oy Vey Bakery & Deli, 1803 N 3rd St (1 Non-Critical)
Holiday Inn Terre Haute, 3300 S US Hwy 41 - (1 Non-Critical)
Establishments with No Violations
Dollar General #4894, 9580 E Hwy 40
Top Hat DBA Club Koyote, 121 E Paris Rd
Camp Naviagte, First Baptist Church, 4701 Poplar St
Ryves Hall Youth Center, 1356 Locust St
Hilton Garden Inn, 750 Wabash Ave
Sonka Irish Pub & Grub, 1366 Wabash Ave
Season’s Campground, 5995 E Sony Drive
Terre Haute Skate World, 481 W Honey Creek Dr
Water Tower Estates, 525 W Springhill Dr
Red Room Cakery, 2619 Ft Harrison Rd
Ferm Fresh, 2107 N 13th St
Sycamore Winery, 1320 Durkees Ferry Rd
Approved to Open
Tropical Smoothie Cafe, 3400 S US Hwy 41
Approved to Operate at Vintage Runway Market
The Huddle Grill & Chill
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News Writer: Lucy Perry