Troopers keep close eye on drivers during Labor Day weekend

Trooper Greg Pate
Trooper Greg Pate

Floyd County, IN - By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

SELLERSBURG, IN (WAVE) - Extra troopers and officers hit Kentuckiana roads over the Labor Day weekend to crackdown on people breaking the law.

In the Hoosier state, Indiana State Police participated in Operation C.A.R.E (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). The program started Saturday, September 4th through Monday, September 6th.

Trooper Greg Pate said they looked for speeders, people following other drivers too closely, and drunk drivers, among other things. Pate pulled over a couple of people driving at least 15 miles over the speed limit on Interstate 64. He said he has heard a number of excuses from drivers.

In a press release, ISP instructed drivers the following tips to keep in mind over the holiday break:

  • Make sure you're well rested before traveling.
  • Make sure everyone is properly buckled up.
  • Don't tailgate and remember the two-second rule when following other vehicles.
  • Obey all traffic signals and speed limits.
  • Don't drink and drive.
  • When you see an emergency vehicle's lights flashing, move over and slow down.

Pate also indicated, recently and during a holiday season, he has seen an increase of sleepy drivers on the roads.

"Fatigue and sleepy drivers have been a big issue here lately. People falling asleep and driving off the side of the road and hitting cars that are broken down, maybe even us on traffic stops," said Pate. "They think they can drive farther than they can."

Official numbers on holiday weekend arrests and/or citations will come out over the next couple days. As of right now, ISP indicated there are no reports of deaths on interstates from this weekend from the Sellersburg post.

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