“Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel periods of the year,” said Lt. Tony Maze from the Fort Wayne Police Department. “Officers will be working overtime hours as part of a comprehensive effort to curb impaired and dangerous driving.”
In November 2013, there were 490 alcohol-related crashes across Indiana resulting in 224 injuries and 13 fatalities. A total of 735 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence and 9,504 seat belt citations were issued to drivers and passengers who were not properly restrained.
“If you see someone driving in a manner you suspect of being impaired, there is a high probability you are right,” said Lt. Maze. “Call 911 immediately and report the location, description, and direction the vehicle is traveling. This will help officers take action necessary to prevent a possible tragedy. Anyone found to be driving impaired will be arrested,” Maze stated. “Also, occupants not using seat belts or who are not properly restrained will be cited and given a ticket.”