There were 809 arrests made over the last few weeks in a crackdown on impaired Indiana drivers. Local and state officials collaborated to make “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” a busy two week period.
According to WHIO, agencies used over 9000 overtime hours to staff the crackdown and make it a success in getting suspected intoxicated drivers off the road. Roadside checkpoints, where the police make random stops, and areas of heavy officer presence led up to the large number of arrests.
In addition to the OWI arrests, the officers stumbled across other law violations, making additional arrests for outstanding warrants, possession of drugs, and illegal possession of weapons as well.
These type of crackdowns cost the state a whole heap of money, and whether they make the roadways safer is a question mark.
If you’ve ever been stopped in a sobriety checkpoint you may have become quite nervous if you had indulged in some drinks or perhaps were driving on a suspended license.
Typically at these checkpoints, your vehicle is stopped, an officer checks your license and you go on your way. However, if the officer has suspicion something else is going on or detects the odor of alcohol, you may be asked to pull off the roadway.
Seeing your arrest coming before it does is almost more frightening than having it surprise you. If you know you are too intoxicated to be driving and see flashing lights, you likely panic.
OWI is a pretty serious offense. If this is your first charge, you face potential jail time, fines, and a lengthy license suspension. If, however, this is your second or subsequent offense, the penalties are much more serious.
When facing charges like these, it is important to know the potential outcomes. Having an experienced defense attorney on your side can make all the difference in the world, not only when it comes to your results in court but also in regards to your confidence about the case.