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[ISP] Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over
Start Date: 8/1/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/3/2012End Time: Midnight
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Indianapolis – For the second time this summer, the Indiana State Police will hold a special “Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign to crack down on impaired motorcycle riders and to help save more lives on our roadways. Special patrols on major highways and roads will be scheduled in conjunction with the Steel Horse Bike Night that begins August 1st and runs to August 4th. ISP Troopers will be zeroing in on major motorcycle rallies and popular bars where motorcyclists are consuming alcohol.  

“It takes coordination, balance and, most importantly, good judgment to ride a motorcycle, and all of these are compromised when someone is impaired,” said ISP Motor Patrol First Sergeant Jon Watson. “We want to warn all motorcyclists—if you drink alcohol and then ride your motorcycle, you will be arrested, and your motorcycle may be impounded.”

This is the second crackdown in two months. The July “Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement event (Bedford) resulted in motorcycle drivers being issued thirty (30) warnings, three (3) motorcycles being impounded, one (1) motorcycle driver charged with DUI, three (3) motorcycle endorsement violations, six (6) felony arrests and eleven (11) misdemeanor arrests, including three (3) fugitives being apprehended for previous crimes.

In Indiana and nationally, impaired riding is a big issue.  According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of total traffic fatalities in 2010. Yet, motorcycles made up only three percent of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2010 and accounted for only 0.6 percent of all vehicle miles traveled.

In 2010, Indiana had 102 motorcycle riders killed in traffic crashes and of those, 32 percent had BAC levels of .08 or above, and 37 percent had BAC levels of .01 or above.

In 2010, 42 percent of the 1,921 motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes in the U.S. had BAC levels of .08 or higher. And that percentage jumps to 65 percent for those riders who were killed in single-vehicle crashes on weekend nights.

Nationally, the percentage of fatally injured motorcycle riders with BACs .08 and above was highest for the 40-44 age group (40 percent), followed by the 45-49 and 35-39 age groups at 39 percent, respectively.

“The solution is simple—if you plan on drinking, do not plan on riding.  Leave your motorcycle at home and find another safe form of transportation,” said Captain David Bursten. “Whether you’ve had way too many or just one too many, it’s never worth the risk to ride impaired. “Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

For more information on the Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement crackdown, please visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Curt Durnil
Phone: (812) 334-5904
Email: cdurnil@isp.in.gov
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