PERU - State police and Miami County sheriff deputies are targeting drunk drivers Friday by setting up enforcement checkpoints throughout the county.
After the checkpoint, troopers will conduct roving saturation patrols aggressively seeking impaired drivers throughout the Indiana State Police Peru District which covers Cass, Fulton, Grant, Miami, Howard, Tipton, and Wabash counties.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,561 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes in 2012. That same year, 10,322 people were killed in crashes that involved a driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. That means every 51 minutes someone died in a crash involving an impaired driver. In Indiana, in 2012, there were a total of 188,841 crashes, 5,087 involved an alcohol impaired driver, resulting in 158 deaths, state police reported.