Seymour police stepping up patrols

The Seymour Police Department is joining about 220 law enforcement agencies across Indiana and thousands nationwide in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

From mid-August through the Labor Day weekend, police will be out in full force, arresting impaired drivers by aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger, according to a news release from Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott.

Motorists can expect to see increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols, he said.

In every state and the District of Columbia, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of 0.02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to one year.

A driving under the influence arrest means going to jail and losing your driver’s license. The average DUI cost? About $10,000, including car towing and repairs, attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work and other hefty expenses.

Indiana law enforcement agencies have participated in the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign for more than 20 years. Overtime patrols are supported with federal highway safety funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.