Jasper Police Department Wraps Up Increased Holiday Travel Enforcement

Jasper (NNDC) – The Jasper Police Department announced today the completion of increased enforcement during the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday travel period. During the 24 day enforcement period, 38 tickets were written, and 3 arrests were made for driving while intoxicated within the city of Jasper. Additionally, officers arrested 5 people for possession of marijuana, 3 drivers with suspended driver’s licenses, and issued 184 warnings.

“The foundations of driving safe begin with important actions such as wearing your seat belt and not driving intoxicated,” said Assistant Chief Nathan Schmitt. “These actions and their messages extended well beyond the travel season, and we will continue driving those messages home to drivers and passengers alike.”

Administration (NHTSA), on average, more than 10,000 people die on U.S. roadways, due to intoxicated driving. When it comes to buckling up, in 2014 alone, statistics show seat belts saved an estimated 12,802 lives nationwide. In Indiana, in 2015, seat belt usage in passenger cars was 91.9 percent, up from 90.2 percent in 2014.

“Success in making Indiana’s roadways safe comes through the partnership between education and enforcement,” said ICJI Director Dave Murtaugh. “The hard work and dedication of law enforcement officers across our state makes this successful, and I want to thank them for their work to keep Hoosiers safe.”

Increased enforcement during the Thanksgiving Holiday period is an annual statewide effort supported by federal highway safety funding. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute distributes funding to more than 250 participating Indiana law enforcement agencies.

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