One of the goals of the Indiana State Police (ISP) is the reduction of
injuries and fatalities on Hoosier roadways.
And in an effort to reduce crashes, troopers are increasingly watching for
motorists who commit “factor violations”: speed, following too closely, lane
restrictions, and unsafe lane movement.
Troopers have been utilizing both marked and unmarked vehicles, as well as
high performance Mustangs, state police aircraft, and vehicles which look
like INDOT work trucks, including the new SWIFT (Speed With Intent Following
Too Close) Lidars.
Lieutenant Jerry Williams, Lowell Post Commander, said, “Hopefully, through
public education and with our traffic enforcement efforts with ISP
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED) progress will be made in
reducing the number of fatalities and injuries on our roadways.”
This stepped-up program has troopers and CVED conducting periodic traffic
blitzes to bring awareness to the issue of unsafe driving. There have been
26 crash causation blitzes this year resulting in a total of 3,018 tickets
and warnings being issued:
•1,759 citations: 1,102 for speeding, 97 for following too close, 74 for
unsafe lane movement, 101 for restraint violation, 66 for driving while
suspended, and 131 truck violations.
•Nineteen criminal arrests.
During the month of October three troopers, Master Troopers Brian White, Jim
Burkhart and Steve Caylor, made it their goal to tackle this on-going
problem. Their efforts resulted in 1,427 citations: 669 for speed, 85 for
following too close, 78 for unsafe lane movement, 65 for restraint
violations, 20 for driving while suspended, 67 truck citations. And they
issued 720 warnings.