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Authorities: Drive sober or get pulled over

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INDIANA (WFIE) -

Drive sober or get pulled over.

That's the message from local law enforcement as they kick off an aggressive campaign targeting drunk drivers.

Three local agencies are teaming up to keep more drunk drivers off the roadways. Operation Pull Over Blitz starts Friday, but Indiana State Police, the Evansville Police Department and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office kicked off that campaign on Wednesday.

Chief Deputy Dave Wedding says, here locally, eleven people have died in crashes this month, a handful of those instances did involve alcohol.

They're beginning this aggressive DUI enforcement on the heels of Labor Day weekend. New this year, they're adding a couple more sobriety checkpoints because this is something law enforcement simply won't tolerate.  

"Labor Day is generally the last holiday where people are out in the summer, boating, picnicking, things like that. We just thought it was a good time to start this," Chief Deputy Wedding said. "Along with our blitz, we had a little extra federal funds to spend and we though it would be a really good time to spend that money towards the impaired driving enforcement."

This is part of a nationwide effort and Wedding says the campaigns have actually been proven to work. He says it can reduce impaired driving by about 20 percent.

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