March enforcement campaign begins

Officers with two local departments along with those from more than 250 law enforcement agencies in the state plan to increase education and enforcement around dangerous and impaired driving from Friday through March 26.

Nearly a dozen Seymour officers and five North Vernon officers will work overtime to conduct observational patrols and sobriety checkpoints around the clock.

The statewide enforcement effort is supported by federal funding allocated to departments through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute’s traffic safety division.

According to the institute, in March 2016, there were 495 alcohol-related crashes in Indiana, resulting in 231 injuries and 11 fatalities. During the same period, 1,128 wrecks involving dangerous driving led to 260 injuries and two fatalities.

Dangerous driving factors include speeding, weather conditions, distracted drivers and driver fatigue, police report.