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Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
Vigo County Sheriff's Office
Don’t have a team to cheer during the Super Bowl? We’re all on the same team when traveling our roads this weekend, and if anyone gets hurt or killed by an impaired driver, we all lose!
The Vigo County Traffic Safety Partnership is huddling up with state and local-law enforcement agencies across the county and the state to urge football fans to designate a sober driver, call a cab or use a ridesharing service.
Impaired driving includes alcohol and prescription or illegal drugs. Even over-the-counter medication may cause impairment when combined with alcohol or a second drug. If you’re taking a new drug or a higher dose, talk with your doctor or don’t drive until you know how it affects you.
“Whether you call it drunk, buzzed, wasted, high or stoned, impaired driving means going to jail and losing your driver’s license,” said Sheriff Greg Ewing. “Don’t fumble with your keys after the game. Pass it to a sober driver, or better yet, be a team player and start the game as the designated driver.”
Sober drivers can tweet @NHTSAgov during the Super Bowl broadcast to be featured on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Wall of Fame. For more information about impaired driving visit http://on.IN.gov/buzzeddriving.
New Portable Breath Tests
The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and NHTSA purchased 1,759 new portable breath tests to assist Indiana law-enforcement agencies in arresting drunk drivers. An additional 836 devices will be purchased this year.
In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year.
More information and list of participating agencies is at www.in.gov/cji/files/Highway_Safety_PBT_release.pdf.
Sober driving tips
With all of today’s options for getting home safely, there’s no excuse for getting behind the wheel impaired as it endangers you and everyone else around you. Law enforcement recommends these safe alternatives to impaired driving:
Report impaired drivers
Impaired driving is three times more common at night than during the day. If you see an impaired driver, turn off the road away from the vehicle and call 911. Signs of impaired driving include:
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News Writer: Lucy Perry