Clinton County law enforcement agencies working to decrease crashes, increase safety
Frankfort, Ind. – Under the grantee name of the Frankfort Traffic Safety Partnership, representatives from the Frankfort Police Department, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and the Kirklin Police Department will utilize a $16,275 DUI grant award and an $11,941 Operation Pull Over grant to help decrease crashes, fatalities and injuries while promoting seat belt use and reducing impaired driving.
According to program coordinator Frankfort Deputy Police Chief Scott Shoemaker, the DUI grant operates year round starting October 1, 2016, with the first mobilization for the Operation Pull Over grant starting in November.
“While the Frankfort Police Department is the grantee, this initiative is a County-wide effort. Working together with our fellow officers at the Sheriff’s Office and Kirklin Police, we are focused on decreasing impaired driving that leads to crashes, fatalities and injuries while increasing drivers’ compliance with impaired driving laws,” Shoemaker said.
The Operation Pull Over grant funds will be utilized on four traffic mobilization events: Safe Family Travel (seat belt usage and the dangers of impaired driving) in November this year, 2017 St. Patrick’s Day (dangerous driving campaign), Click It or Ticket It (seat belt use campaign) in May of next year and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (impaired driving focus) next August.
According to Shoemaker, all traffic enforcement hours from both grants will be used in all jurisdictions in Clinton County. The grants are not divided between area agencies, but rather all task force officers’ overtime pay for work spent on the initiatives will be sent to their respective municipalities for normal processing.
“Officers from Frankfort, Clinton County and Kirklin worked 297 hours of overtime between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 with 172 of those hours on patrol and the remaining 125 hours being physical arrest time.
“One sobriety checkpoint involved the Indiana State Police where eight of our task force members assisted. Combined from our partnership, officers made 580 total arrests, citations and warnings during the DUI and Operation Pull Over initiatives in fiscal year 2016,” Shoemaker said. “Thirty-seven people were arrested for DUI, 38 non-traffic related misdemeanor and felony arrests were made, three underage alcohol related arrests were made, 23 seat belt and child restraint citations were issued and 12 driving while suspended arrests were made.”
Funding for both grants is from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Frankfort Clerk-Treasurer Judy Sheets is the financial officer of the grants and Major Joe Mink is the co-coordinator for the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.