The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department says that deputies will be out in force over the next week, trying to keep the roads safe during the Thanksgiving holiday.
The deputies are joining with other police agencies in the area and across the state in announcing that they are taking part in the “Plan a Sober Ride” initiative, organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
During the initiative, officers will be on the roads on high alert for impaired drivers. You are encouraged to plan ahead by designating a sober driver or by using public transportation or a ride service.
Deputies are warning about the increase in the overconsumption of alcohol on the day before the Thanksgiving holiday, calling the day “Blackout Wednesday.” In 2021, 36 drivers involved in fatal crashes on that day were impaired but still on the road.
Sheriff Bill Meyerrose said that he understands people want to have a good time, but authorities want to ensure everyone makes it to their Thanksgiving table.
Federal data shows there are more motor vehicle traffic crash fatalities during holiday periods and say that is due to increased travel time, more alcohol usage, and excessive driving speed.
Earlier this week, the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department announced that it was also taking part in the campaign.