Police to step up impaired driving crackdown

Daily Journal staff reports

Indiana State Police will operate a checkpoint tonight in Marion County and have increased patrols throughout the area in an effort to catch drunken drivers.

State troopers will set up a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in Marion County starting tonight and into early Saturday morning. The location of the checkpoint is not being released.

State troopers also will be on the roads in Johnson County making traffic stops. Police are not targeting any specific highways or roads in the county, state police spokesman Sgt. Rich Myers said.

More than 250 police departments throughout the state will be increasing efforts to catch drunken drivers throughout March as part of Operation Pullover, according to a news release from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

In 2012, there were more than 6,200 alcohol-related accidents in the state, including 97 fatalities, according to justice institute statistics.

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