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Federal funding reason behind spike in DUI arrests

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Law enforcement officers are able to make more arrests and keep suspected drunk drivers off the streets because they're putting more officers on patrol.

Several law enforcement agencies in Vanderburgh County are receiving federal funding to pay officers and deputies to specifically monitor impaired drivers.

The Evansville Police Department say they are able to put up to five officers on the streets during the overnight hours. Those officers are strictly dedicated to pulling over and checking on suspicious and impaired drivers.

Sgt. Jason Cullum says the officers add to the man power that way the regularly scheduled officers can respond to 911 calls.

"When your traffic related deaths are on par with your violent crime death numbers, that's something that should really get people's attention," said Cullum. "Unlike your homicides or other violent crimes, traffic deaths are something that are preventable. When we see the homicide numbers come in, people say, 'What are you going to do to stop this? What are you going to do to make the community safer?' It should be the same response when you see these traffic related crashes. What are you going to do as a law enforcement agency to ensure the safety of all the motorists?"

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office held a sobriety check point over the weekend at Franklin and Heidelbach.

Two people were arrested for drunk driving. Four others were arrested for other outstanding charges.

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