April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Police stepping up weekend patrols

By Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department-

Press release

The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office and the Columbus Police Department, as part of their DUI Taskforce, in an effort to keep impaired drivers off our streets, will have extra patrolling this weekend as prom activities are held at area high schools and motorists will be traveling through our area on their way to the Kentucky Derby.

"Our goal is to reduce traffic crashes, prevent underage alcohol consumption and drug abuse and other issues that occasionally occur with teenagers celebrating during their high school prom," said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers. "I encourage our teens to be 'safe and sober' during prom season by buckling up, slowing down and saying no to alcohol and drugs."

BCSO and CPD are also preparing for increased traffic this weekend, especially on I-65, as people travel to the Kentucky Derby. This weekend usually results in more traffic stops for speeding, following too closely and impaired driving.

If you are planning to go to the Derby, you should plan an extra four to five hours ahead to make sure you get to the race on time. If you are not going to the Derby, try to avoid highly traveled areas in order to avoid unnecessary traffic jams.

"Stay alert and stay safe, Bartholomew County," Myers said.[[In-content Ad]]