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The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, the Jasper Police Department, and troopers with the Indiana State Police will once again participate in the national and statewide 2016 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement mobilization that will kick off this Friday August 12th and continue through Labor Day September 5th.

They along with other local law enforcement agencies will join forces with as many as 250 state and local departments and agencies across the Hoosier state and thousands more across the country to conduct high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers against drunk driving.

It’s an annual effort that takes place this time each year and is supported by federal dollars allocated to local departments from the traffic safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

Several officers will work overtime to conduct sobriety patrols and checkpoints around the clock.

Last year there was a decrease of 26 and a half percent in the number of alcohol-impaired collisions, and a 9 percent decrease in resulting fatalities from 2014.

Law enforcement agencies from across the state have been taking part in this program for the past 20 years.

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