An unprecedented number of citations for distracted driving was issued
during a week-long multi-agency enforcement campaign called the “6 State
Trooper Project,” the Indiana State Police said.
The ISP joined forces with the Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania,
and the Kentucky state police agencies on major interstates from June 16-22,
in an ongoing effort to combat distracted driving.
Nearly 2,000 citations for distracted driving were issued among the six
states. Distracted driving citations include texting, cell phone, reckless,
and careless driving.
During this same time frame, there were 201 collisions reported involving
distracted driving behavior throughout the six state region, the ISP said.
“Any opportunity we have to work with our law enforcement partners across
state lines to reduce crashes and save lives is time well spent,” ISP
Superintendent Doug Carter said. “The ISP will continue partnering in this
effort and others like it in the future.”
The 6-State Trooper Project began in 2012 with three planned enforcement
campaigns targeting operating a vehicle under the influence and marijuana
interdiction. This successful campaign yielded 582 DUI arrests and seizure
of 210 pounds of marijuana and 14,327 marijuana plants.
Command staff from all six states reconvened earlier this year and planned
three additional multi-state efforts for 2013 that included distracted
driving, DUI, and marijuana interdiction.
The next combined enforcement effort is scheduled for September and will
target marijuana interdiction and criminal patrol.