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PLYMOUTH - Local law enforcement agencies were honored by the state for their work in stopping impaired driving.
The Governorâ€™s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute honored Marshall County law enforcement agencies for their work on Operation Pull Over. The agencies were honored for outstanding performance. Officers of the departments are judged on a criteria that involves the number of contacts made during a normal eight hours of patrol along with a reduction in the number of accidents and injuries due to impaired driving or non-use of seat belts. Money for the task force is provided as part of a grant and based on the same performance criteria.
â€śItâ€™s good for people in Marshall County to know that their law enforcement agencies are doing a great job cutting down on impaired drivers,â€ť said Phil Oliver the ICJI Laison for the North Central region. â€śThe task force is doing a great job in making sure that the roads are safer.â€ť
For the second year in a row the Marshall County Sheriffâ€™s task force consisting of officers from Bourbon, Bremen, Culver and Plymouth Police departments in conjunction with Marshall County Sheriffâ€™s deputies were honored by the state. Walkerton and Lakeville Police were honored as part of the St. Joseph county traffic safety partnership.
Marshall County Sheriffs Deputy Kerry Brouyette also received a special award for Operation Pull Over and seat belt safety.
Efforts conducted by Operation Pull over consist of an influx of public awareness using advertising and media campaigns coupled with two weeks of increased enforcement. The agencies will soon conduct a Safe Family Travel Blitz from now until Dec. 2 to help ensure safety on Indiana roadways during the holidays.