Hammond police write 570 tickets in traffic safety push

2012-09-06T19:49:00Z Hammond police write 570 tickets in traffic safety pushSteve Zabroski Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 06, 2012 7:49 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Traffic officers wrote 570 tickets during a late-August safety enforcement operation targeting impaired and aggressive drivers, police announced Thursday.

A sobriety checkpoint in the Robertsdale area and 19 roving patrols were used in the city as part of the nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, said Lt. Patrick Vicari, Hammond Police Traffic Division commander.

Officers on roving patrol wrote 391 citations and made four arrests for impaired driving, Vicari said, and 179 citations were written at the Robertsdale checkpoint, with one arrest made for impaired driving.

The 169 hours of overtime pay for the operation were funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute's Traffic Safety Division.

Hammond police will continue working traffic safety patrols during the coming months, Vicari said, including seat belt enforcement and sobriety checkpoints.

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