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ISP uses plane to enforce speed limits on I-65 in Lake County

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On Friday, Dec. 8, Indiana State Police troopers tasked to the Lowell post conducted a traffic blitz on I-65 in Lake County with the assistance of the ISP’s Aviation Section.

Piloting a Cessna 172 Skyhawk high above I-65 was Sgt. Lee Wright, who used a VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder) and a set of pre-determined painted lines on the roadway to guide troopers on the ground to targeted speeding vehicles, ensuring that “the correct vehicle was stopped and appropriate action taken as to a citation or warning.”

Between 7 and 11 a.m. troopers issued 54 citations (34 for speeding) and 51 warnings. In addition, two criminal arrests were made, one crash was investigated, and eight trucks were inspected, one of them being taken out of service. The highest speed recorded on this stretch of roadway, posted at 55 miles per hour: 96 mph.

“This is just the first of what will be an ongoing statewide effort using the Aviation Section for traffic enforcement and ensuring speed limit compliance on all of Indiana's roadways,” the ISP said.

Troopers participating in the enforcement blitz were Brian White, Brandon Bohling, Jason Pratt, Rogelio Escutia, Russell Hayes, Lionel Douglas, Justin Heflin, Glen Fifield, and Duane Haliburton. Sgt. Brian Millard and MCI Wanda Clay also assisted.


Posted 12/11/2017




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