Chesterton Tribune


ISP troopers blitzing the roadways

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One of the goals of the Indiana State Police (ISP) is the reduction of injuries and fatalities on Hoosier roadways.

And in an effort to reduce crashes, troopers are increasingly watching for motorists who commit “factor violations”: speed, following too closely, lane restrictions, and unsafe lane movement.

Troopers have been utilizing both marked and unmarked vehicles, as well as high performance Mustangs, state police aircraft, and vehicles which look like INDOT work trucks, including the new SWIFT (Speed With Intent Following Too Close) Lidars.

Lieutenant Jerry Williams, Lowell Post Commander, said, “Hopefully, through public education and with our traffic enforcement efforts with ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED) progress will be made in reducing the number of fatalities and injuries on our roadways.”

This stepped-up program has troopers and CVED conducting periodic traffic blitzes to bring awareness to the issue of unsafe driving. There have been 26 crash causation blitzes this year resulting in a total of 3,018 tickets and warnings being issued:

•1,759 citations: 1,102 for speeding, 97 for following too close, 74 for unsafe lane movement, 101 for restraint violation, 66 for driving while suspended, and 131 truck violations.

•1,359 warnings.

•Nineteen criminal arrests.

During the month of October three troopers, Master Troopers Brian White, Jim Burkhart and Steve Caylor, made it their goal to tackle this on-going problem. Their efforts resulted in 1,427 citations: 669 for speed, 85 for following too close, 78 for unsafe lane movement, 65 for restraint violations, 20 for driving while suspended, 67 truck citations. And they issued 720 warnings.




Posted 11/9/2012