State Police to increase patrols this weekend

Friday, May 25, 2012

To help ensure the safety of all motorists during the Memorial Day weekend, Indiana State Police will be adding additional troops.

Specifically, they will be looking for drivers who speed, follow too closely, make unsafe lane changes, drive aggressively and fail to buckle up themselves and their children.

Troopers will also be aggressively looking for impaired drivers.

The effort is part of Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) and Statewide Driving Under the Inflluence Project.

ISP will also be participating in the Click it or Ticket enforcement campaign through June 3. This will include not only the state police, but more than 250 local law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

In addition, troopers and motor carrier inspectors will work extra hours to ensure commercial motor vehicles are operating safely. Their efforts will concentrate on enforcing traffic, logbook, size, weight and mechanical violations, as well as illegal interstate parking.

ISP encourages all motorists to observe the following safety tips:

- Make sure you're well rested before traveling.

- Avoid tailgating. Remember the two-second rule.

- Obey posted speed limits and always use your turn signal when turning and making lane changes.

- Make sure everyone is properly buckled up.

- Never drink and drive. If you're going to consume alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver.

"Driving," the Indiana State Police said, "comes with important responsibilities to yourself, to your passengers and to other drivers."

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