Crawfordsville Police will be cracking down on dangerous and impaired driving through the month of March as part of a statewide campaign. It will begin on February 26 and last through March 21. Officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols and will show zero tolerance for those driving aggressively, over the speed limit, or under the influence. These patrols will be funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through an Indiana Criminal Justice Institute grant. In Indiana, holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day, and events like the NCAA Tournament have high numbers of dangerous and impaired drivers. On average, 10,000 lives are taken every year in the U.S. as a result of impaired driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, miles traveled decreased across the country, but overall traffic fatalities increased nationwide. Another report from the NHTSA showed that more drivers engaged in risky behavior in 2020, such as speeding or driving while under the influence, as well as fewer drivers wearing seat belts. The State of Indiana saw the third highest year for traffic fatalities during 2020. The Crawfordsville Police Department recommends avoiding legal fees and criminal charges by following posted speed limits, never driving impaired, not tailgating or driving aggressively, putting down the phone, avoiding driving while distracted, and always buckling up.
As winter ends and springs begins, the road will clear, and more drivers will feel less inclined to drive safely. This new attitude can put many motorists in danger and may result in fatal collisions. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a car accident by someone driving in a negligent manner, please contact the experienced legal team at Schiller Law Offices at 888-578-3100 or at IndyInjured.com to learn more about your potential right to compensation.