Indiana State Police begins Operation Pull Over February 28
St. Patrick’s Day and the NCAA tournament usually go hand in hand with alcohol consumption. Not that there is anything wrong with that. As an adult, you certainly have the right to have a few drinks while celebrating Irish culture or cheering your team on to win a national championship. What can be wrong with this is if, after doing any of these things, you decide to get behind the wheel and drive home yourself. Because of this, the Indiana State Police will be patrolling for the next several weeks and keeping open the drivers who pose a danger to all road users.
Operation Pull Over will see additional soldiers on the streets around Evansville, particularly at night and overnight, thanks to a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. The goal, of course, is to get anyone who is compromised off the street before they hurt anyone, while also encouraging you to have a plan to come home after a night of partying.
During the three-week period, soldiers will set up a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in the area. When and where exactly that will take place has not been disclosed, which is not uncommon. It’s hard to catch drunk or disabled drivers knowing which area to avoid.
Elevated patrols or not, you should always have a plan to get home safely before leaving for the night. This could be choosing a specific driver for the night, hailing a taxi, or using the most popular ideas of these days a ride sharing service like Uber or Lyft.