Indiana Operation Pull Over Blitz[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Image via Wikipedia"][/caption] Beginning March 2, 2012, the Indiana police are gearing up for a drunk driving crackdown. The state reports that the efforts to reduce drunk driving throughout the state of Indiana will be handled through 250 state and local law enforcement agencies. The states Operation Pull Over Blitz, as it is being referred to, will continue through March 18, 2012. Operation Pull Over Blitz is supported by the Federal Government and will include high-visibility enforcement activities designed specifically to identify impaired drivers. The state has also suggested that other efforts could include more patrol units and increased sobriety check points throughout the state. Is drunk driving all that the police will be monitoring? According to the associated press, other drivers should also be on the lookout as the police increase their efforts to catch aggressive drivers and motorists who refuse to wear their seat belts. Indiana estimates that in March 2010 there were an estimated 50 highway fatalities in Indiana and a drunk driver was responsible for the deaths in approximately 28% of those accidents. Over the last 2 years the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute argues that the primary contributing factor for many car accident fatalities and collisions continues to be alcohol and Operation Pull Over Blitz is one of many new efforts by the state of Indiana to reduce drunk driving.
What is drunk driving in Indiana?Indiana drivers who operate a motorized vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% can be arrested for drunk driving even if they do not exhibit any signs of impairment. Other drivers with any level of alcohol or drugs in their system may also be arrested and charged with DUI if there is evidence that they are not able to operate their motorized vehicle safely.
Penalties for drunk driving in IndianaIf you have been arrested for drunk driving in the state of Indiana you will face both a civil and criminal DUI penalties. Drivers who either refuse to submit to a chemical test after they have been arrested for drunk driving or who take the test but their blood alcohol concentration is above the illegal limit will automatically lose their Indiana license for 180 days up to 2 years. These penalties are a result of Indianas Implied Consent laws and are considered a civil procedure which is brought by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and is not related to your criminal trial or the criminal penalties you might face if you are eventually convicted of drunk driving. In fact, even if you are found not guilty, if you have met the criteria outlined above your Indiana drivers license will still be suspended.
Criminal Case for Drunk DrivingDrivers who are convicted of drunk driving through a criminal trial will also will face penalties. For instance, if this is your first DUI conviction you might face jail time up to one year, fines up to $5,000, probation, an alcohol education course, high court fees, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, and a license suspension.
Hiring a DUI lawyer in IndianaThe best course of action is not to drink and drive, but if you have been arrested for DUI in the state of Indiana contact a DUI lawyer immediately for help.
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