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State and local law enforcement agencies were honored at the recent 16th annual Operation Pull Over (OPO) Awards Banquet at the Ritz Charles in Carmel.
The Bremen Police Department was one of the honorees in taking home the Police Department Achieve-ment Award. The BPD also received a $2,500 equipment award to be used for the purchase of law enforcement equipment of their choice.
Hosted by the Governorâ€™s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving, the banquet paid tribute to participating law enforcement agencies who utilize thousands of overtime hours to conduct special OPO efforts throughout the year. More than 50 awards were handed out at this yearâ€™s banquet to both law enforcement agencies and traffic safety partners for exceptional performance and a commitment to improving traffic safety on Indiana roadways.
â€śThe success of Indianaâ€™s Operation Pull Over initiative would not be possible without the unwavering commitment of the law enforcement agencies that lead these efforts,â€ť OPO Coordinator Trent Stouder said. â€śAs a result of high-visability, statewide seatbelt enforcement mobilizations and crackdowns on impaired and dangerous driving, Indiana boasts a 92.4 percent seatbelt usage rate, and the rate of alcohol-related fatalities decreased by more than 6 percentage points from 2008 to 2009.â€ť
OPO efforts rely on a dual strategy involving high-visibility enforcement and heightened public awareness aimed at deterring impaired and dangerous driving and increasing seatbelt use. OPO is structured in four quarterly campaigns and is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each campaign consists of two weeks of public awareness using television, radio and outdoor advertising and two weeks of increased enforcement.