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Drivers be cautious: Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office increasing patrol for New Years

Across the nation, car crashes increase by 70% from 6 p.m. New Years Eve to 6 a.m. New Years Day. Local officers will be targeting drivers violating road laws.

Posted: Dec. 31, 2018 12:10 AM
Updated: Dec. 31, 2018 12:16 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Highway Patrol in Tippecanoe County is increasing for the holiday.

Tippecanoe County Lieutenant Jon Lendermon said their goal isn't to give tickets but to keep people safe.

Across the nation, car crashes increase by 70% from 6 p.m. New Years Eve to 6 a.m. New Years Day.

Local officers will be targeting drivers violating road laws.

Lt. Lendermon said it's best to set a plan on how you'll get home before going out to drink.

He and other officers will stop anyone following drunken driving behaviors.

“We want to determine if someone has been drinking and we're not necessarily just hunting but we're looking for specific driving behaviors,” said Lendermon. “Left of center, speeding, driving without headlights, driving the wrong way in a one way.”

Lt. Lendermon said despite a common belief that officers have to meet a ticket quota, they pulling people over in hopes to prevent other drivers from potential danger.

“You have someone alongside the road pulled over for an offense that seemingly minor to them, it could mean everything to someone else and so we want to be diligent in making sure that we're helping everyone be safe,” said Lendermon.

Making sure everyone makes it into the new year safe is their number one priority.

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