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Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard ¬ An Elkhart County Sherrif Deputy works a DUI checkpoint on S. Main Street in Goshen Saturday, August 15, 2009. ¬ (JENNIFER SHEPHARD)
DUI crackdown

Posted on Aug. 15, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Elkhart County law enforcement agencies will participate in a nationwide DUI enforcement crackdown this month.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, comprised of DUI high-visibility enforcement, “high-profile events” and a national advertising campaign, runs from Friday, Aug. 16, through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, according to a news release from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership, which consists of law enforcement agencies throughout the county, will aggressively seek out and arrest drunk drivers during the crackdown.

The first high-visibility enforcement zone will be conducted from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday in the Goshen area.

According to the news release, about one-third of all traffic accidents in the United States involve at least one drunk driver, and 9,878 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2011.

Holiday weekends can be especially dangerous, with 138 fatalities in alcohol-related crashes over the 2011 Labor Day weekend.

“Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent,” Elkhart County Undersheriff Sean Holmes said in the news release. “By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Elkhart County roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period.”

A map of all the DUI arrests in Elkhart County this year is available at www.elkharttruth.com/owimap.