LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State Police are turning to pick-up trucks
marked as highway department vehicles and more unmarked cars as the agency
tries to stem a jump in traffic deaths by cracking down on speeders.
State police officials say much of increased patrol efforts will be in
construction zones and on rural highways and county roads where speed limits
are higher than in urban areas.
The push comes as the agency says that at least 226 people have died so far
this year from crashes on Indiana roadways, up from 197 deaths a year ago.
Trooper Aaron McCormick of the Lafayette post says he often has drivers fly
past him as he patrols in an unmarked Ford Mustang. He says many people just
don’t pay attention while they’re driving.