Putnamville troopers call in air support in war on speeding
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.