Increased patrols for the month of March announced

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Indiana State Police will be joined by local law enforcement this March to increase dangerous and impaired driving patrols for the NCAA Tournament and St. Patrick’s Day.Last year, the weekend beginning St. Patrick’s Day had the highest number crashes involving impaired drivers. Because March 17, 2018 , falls on a Saturday, police are conducting random patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints intended to make our roads safer.“This is when we celebrate a time-honoredHoosier tradition, March Madness and basketball,” said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. “However if you drink, your plans should include a designated driver, ride sharing program, or taxi to get you home safely from your celebration. Troopers will be out looking for those drivers who fail to heed this advice and will provide another form of transportation to those drivers; but it won’t be to their home.”The top causes of all Indiana traffic crashes are drivers following too closely and failing to yield the right of way. Aggressive, distracted and impaired driving reduce reaction times to unexpected slowed traffic, bicycles and pedestrians.In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year.Last year the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration purchased 1,759 new portable breath tests for Indiana law-enforcement agencies. An additional 836 devices will be purchased this year.But unlike alcohol, there is no quick field test for the legal and illegal drugs that can impair drivers. ICJI and NHTSA are issuing Android tablets and apps to assist 185 highly-trained police officers in the recognition and enforcement of drug-impaired driving.If you’re taking a new drug or higher dose, talk with your doctor or don’t drive until you know how it affects you. Even over-the-counter medication such as cold medicine or sleep aids may cause impairment, especially when combined with alcohol or a second drug.Experience different perspectives on an impaired-driving crash scene in 360 degrees.last_img read more

Paul, Rockets Rout Spurs 124-109 for 12th Straight Victory

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul delivered on a night James Harden had one of his worst shooting performances of the season.Paul had 28 points, eight assists and seven steals to lead the Houston Rockets to their 12th straight victory, a 124-109 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.Paul became the first player in NBA history to post 28 points, eight assists and seven steals in a game against the Spurs. In the past 11 seasons, that stat line has been achieved just 10 times — Paul has done it six of them. The Rockets are unbeaten when he plays this season.“What I lack in athletic ability, I just try to make up for it in anticipation and knowing the game,” Paul said of his steals. “I’m not jumping and dunking on nobody and all that stuff like that, but I’ve got a pretty good idea how to play.”Paul’s dazzling performance came with Harden making 6 of 18 from the field, including 2 of 11 from 3. Harden still had 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists, scoring half his points on 14-of-16 shooting from the free throw line.“We complement each other, and we’re staying good at getting guys involved while we’re being aggressive as well,” Harden said. “Obviously, Chris had his shot going tonight, but he got Clint (Capela) dunks and Trevor (Ariza) and Eric (Gordon) 3s, and Ryan (Anderson) 3s. Nights aren’t going to be perfect, and we just got to figure it out. Keep pushing and keep grinding.”The Rockets are on the fourth-longest win streak in franchise history and the longest since a franchise-best 22 straight in 2007-08.The Rockets beat the Spurs for just the third time in their last 12 meetings.LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 16 points.“I thought our starting group, our veteran group, started out the game very badly with fouls that were unnecessary, bad communication, turnovers, that sort of thing,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “But as the game went on, I thought the younger guys and the guys that haven’t played as much, the energy was great. They took better care of the basketball and were more physical and focused. Our starting group let us down.”The Rockets jumped to a 31-16 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 60-43 at the half. The Rockets entered the fourth quarter with a 92-72 lead.At 23-4, the Rockets are tied for their best 27-game start in franchise history, matching the 1993-94 season when they won their first championship.“We can get better,” Paul said. “The scary part is when you think you’ve arrived. We can get better offensively and defensively, but right now, it’s just about piling up wins.”Kawhi Leonard played in his second game back after making his season debut on Tuesday night in Dallas after missing the first 27 games of the season with a right quadriceps injury. Leonard, who has been recovering from a quadriceps condition that causes pain and weakness in the knee, started and had 12 points in 17 minutes, all in the first half.“I want to play and do what I can do to help the team win, but I know the situation I’m in and I’ve got to take the right steps to get back,” Leonard said. “Playing 16 minutes and not playing a full game, it’s hard to tell where I’m at. But I think we’re taking the right steps.”Before the game, Popovich hinted that Leonard and Tony Parker were unlikely to play Saturday night in Dallas in the second half of San Antonio’s back-to-back.TIP-INSSpurs: SF Kyle Anderson missed his sixth straight game with a sprained left MCL, but he is progressing well and could return after San Antonio’s back-to-back in Houston and Dallas, possibly as early as Monday when the Spurs host the Clippers. … Danny Green started and played through left groin tightness, scoring two points in 19 minutes.Rockets: Houston played its first game without Luc Mbah a Moute, who suffered a dislocated right shoulder on Wednesday night against Charlotte. Mbah a Moute could be out 2-3 weeks with the injury. … The Rockets improved to 19-1 when leading after the third quarter, winning by double digits for the 17th time in 27 games.SCORING ON THE SPURSHouston’s 124 points were the most San Antonio had allowed in a regulation game since Mar. 8, 2013, in a 136-106 loss to Portland. It was also the most points the Rockets had scored in a regulation game against the Spurs since Apr. 3, 1986, when Houston scored 136.SAGER STRONGOn the one-year anniversary of the passing of NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager, the Rockets hosted Sager’s wife, Stacy, along with other family and friends at the game. There was a tribute video played in the first quarter, and both the Rockets and Spurs donated $25,000 to the SagerStrong Foundation. The First Shot was attempted by Sager’s daughter, Riley Sager. Sager swished her pregame free throw attempt, securing a $5,000 donation from the Rockets to the SagerStrong Foundation.ANOTHER ONEThe Rockets hit a Spurs opponent season-high 18 3-pointers. Houston improved to 18-0 when making 15 or more 3s. The 18 games with 15 or more 3s made is already the fourth-highest single-season total in NBA history.UP NEXTSpurs: Host Dallas on Saturday night.Rockets: Host Milwaukee on Saturday night.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Helping People Is My Calling Says Jamaica 55 Anniversary Awardee

first_img Ms. Balls recounted that friends and some of her fellow recipients are delighted with her award, saying: “Full time. You’ve been working for so long. It’s well earned.” Special Projects Coordinator in the Ministry of National Security, Patricia Leonie Balls, is among 65 institutions and persons who have been bestowed with the Prime Minister’s Jamaica 55 Commemorative Medal of Appreciation for the roles they have played in the country’s development.“My philosophy is about doing the full gamut of social intervention – individuals and infrastructure. Helping people is my calling. I have a natural ability for that, which I have enhanced with a Master’s degree in National Development and Project Planning that I did in England,” she tells JIS News.Ms. Balls recounted that friends and some of her fellow recipients are delighted with her award, saying: “Full time. You’ve been working for so long. It’s well earned.”This award is for her years of work in the field of public service, specifically social intervention. “When you do what you love, your work becomes your passion. Hence it doesn’t feel like work. I love to help people. That’s my passion,” Ms. Balls tells JIS News.Her journey began in 2001 as Project Manager in Grants Pen, where she oversaw the establishment of the Shortwood Road Branch Library, and the upgrade of the football field and multipurpose courts at the New Day Primary and Junior High School, and a carpentry/woodwork facility at the Stella Maris Foundation in the community. Five hundred persons were placed in jobs under this project and over 2,000 individuals participated in conflict resolution.The projects were funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the private sector.“I believe our greatest asset is our people. No one should be left behind. They have so much potential, but they need help to bring it to fruition,” says Ms. Balls.At this time, Montego Bay is her focus area. The Special Projects Coordinator has facilitated capacity-building and problem-solving initiatives in six communities in the Second City, namely Flanker, Mount Salem, Salt Spring, Canterbury, Rose Heights and Norwood.The short-term priorities for these communities include trauma care for victims of violence, effective parenting, infrastructural development, reduction of gender-based violence and improved conflict-resolution capacity of the residents.She is currently working with community members to implement some of these initiatives. Additionally, she is assisting with the build phase in Mount Salem, which forms part of the social-development component of the Ministry’s Five-Pillar Strategy.“Social intervention is critical in bringing about a more caring society. I interact with the residents on a daily basis, and get the buy-in from them,” says Ms. Balls.“A good day for me is when someone in the community has achieved something outstanding from one of the programmes,” she adds.When asked what her solution is for the youth, she advised: “Get them working. Get them to build their capacity and enhance their employability. I grew up seeing persons around me working”.The Prime Minister’s Jamaica 55 Commemorative Medal of Appreciation for Service to Jamaica is the culmination of the nearly year-long celebrations, which officially began in August 2017. “My philosophy is about doing the full gamut of social intervention – individuals and infrastructure. Helping people is my calling. I have a natural ability for that, which I have enhanced with a Master’s degree in National Development and Project Planning that I did in England,” she tells JIS News. Story Highlights Special Projects Coordinator in the Ministry of National Security, Patricia Leonie Balls, is among 65 institutions and persons who have been bestowed with the Prime Minister’s Jamaica 55 Commemorative Medal of Appreciation for the roles they have played in the country’s development. last_img read more