Putnamville troopers call in air support in war on speeding

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

PUTNAMVILLE -- Troopers from the Putnamville Post received an enhancement to their ongoing traffic enforcement efforts Wednesday morning.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Lee Wright from the ISP Aviation Section piloted his Cessna 172 Skyhawk to the Putnamville District, joining forces with Putnamville District officers Sgt. Jared Nicoson, Master Troopers Jason Owen and Gary Winters and Senior Trooper Bill Bradbury.

Patrolling high above State Road 63 in northern Vermillion County, Sgt. Wright would detect speeding vehicles below, utilizing VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder) and a set of predetermined painted lines on the roadway's edge.

Sgt. Wright would then radio the units below and guide them to the target vehicle to ensure the correct vehicle was stopped for enforcement action.

During the enforcement period, troopers issued 14 traffic citations, 13 for speeding and 27 warnings.

The highest speed of the morning was clocked at 90 mph. Designated patrols occurred from 9 a.m. to noon within a 60-mph zone.

Indiana State Police will continue to use every tool available to decrease dangerous and aggressive driving and to ensure public safety on our highways, a spokesman said.

Motorists should expect to see an increase in the coming months, of ISP aircraft patrolling above state highways and interstate systems throughout Indiana.

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    George Orwell: "See? I told you so!"

    What irks me about situations like this is the constant editorial theme of correlating unspecified rates of speed to definite, constant, indisputable disaster while simultaneously withholding evidence to prove that other metrics are kept in similar check: It's always purely about speed.

    Where's *The Force* for the idiots that can't figure out how to dim their brights at night? Will Hellfire missiles rain down upon those that lack enough roadway etiquette needed to know that when you're in the passing lane--and not passing anyone--that you should probably get back into the "right" lane? What about the people that tailgate you for 5+ miles when they have complete access to an open passing lane? Will someone fly down and shoot lasers at them, too?

    Heaven forbid we have an eye in the sky for the vandals that bust your mailboxes, key your cars, egg your homes, spray-paint buildings, steal Amazon deliveries right from porches, deal drugs at whatever corner, pull hit-and-runs which leave your car totaled as the perp drives away laughing all while leaving an oil slick that the late-to-the-scene officer can't track well enough to turn any tides in your favor...

    I double dog anyone reading this to go at least 5 miles per-hour over the designated limits in whatever the current "Danger Zone" is that we're convinced exists now. Judging from the sounds of it, to do so would be to court doom.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Wed, Nov 8, 2017, at 8:39 PM
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