Police in Jennings County say that they had a successful 24 day period aimed at raising awareness about keeping drivers and passengers safe. Operation Pull Over Blitz 92 lasted from November 10th to December 3rd and was labeled “ Safe Family Travel.” Authorities say that the goals of the project were seat belt enforcement and DUI enforcement.
Dep. Robbie Amos, with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, says that deputies issued 126 citations and made two arrests during the blitz. Sheriff Gary M. Driver explains why it is important to follow traffic laws. “There is only one reason – to save lives,” said Driver. He added, “Anyone who responds to a severe crash, or notifies next of kin, simply wants you and your family to buckle up and drive sober this holiday season.”
The North Vernon Police Department also announced its figures. Sgt. Andrew Richmond says that officers made 184 vehicle stops, issued 61 traffic citations, wrote 134 warnings and made nine arrests.
Operation Pull Over Blitzes are federally-funded programs that pay for officer overtime to address specific goals. The money is administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. More than 230 law-enforcement agencies across the state took part. Authorities say that they will continue their work to keep roads safe through the holiday season.