State Police adding extra patrols over busy holiday period
PUTNAMVILLE -- AAA is predicting more than 107 million Americans -- the most on record -- will be traveling over this Christmas and New Year's holiday period, with the majority traveling by automobile, Indiana State Police at Putnamville are reporting.
With more traffic on the highways, what that means for Hoosiers is that the State Police will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. or Combined Accident Reduction Effort from Dec. 21 through Jan. 3 to help ensure the safety of all motorists.
Operation C.A.R.E. is a federally funded program that allows additional troopers to patrol Hoosier roadways looking for drivers that are driving aggressively or impaired. Hoosiers can help do their part to make this Christmas-New Year's Holiday travel period safe by observing the following safety rules:
-- When planning to travel, make sure you are well rested, as a fatigued driver is a dangerous driver.
-- Increase your following distance and remember the two-second rule.
-- Watch for slowed or stopped traffic when approaching construction zones.
-- Leave a car length between you and the vehicle in front of you in stopped traffic. Watch approaching traffic in your mirror and be prepared to take evasive action.
-- Decrease your speed according to traffic and road conditions.
-- Beware of bridges, overpasses and intersections where ice tends to form first during cold inclement weather.
-- Don't use cruise control on slick roads.
-- Make sure everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained, including making sure child safety seats are properly anchored and that children stay securely fastened in them.
-- Don't be distracted. Pull over and stop to use electronic devices.
-- Don't drive impaired. Have a designated driver.
-- Move over and slow down for emergency and highway service vehicles.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, safety belt use is the most effective strategy a person can employ to prevent death and minimize injury resulting from traffic collisions.
Motorists are encouraged to report aggressive or suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. Give a vehicle description, location and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver.