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Hoosier police cracking down on senseless drivers

Sgt. Myron Wilkerson Sgt. Myron Wilkerson
Trp. David Scott Trp. David Scott
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By Katie Bauer - bio | email 

SELLERSBURG, IN (WAVE) – Slow down and obey the law or face the consequences is the message from Indiana State Police. On Nov. 12, troopers kicked off their traffic blitz aimed to keep you safe on the road.

On all major interstates and highways, ISP troopers are joining in an effort to help keep roads safe this holiday season. That means more patrol units are on the lookout for motorists breaking the law.

"More than 250 personal from other agencies and the Indiana State Police will be patrolling the highways during this period to avoid these collisions and fatalities," said Sgt. Myron Wilkerson with the ISP Sellersburg post.

From now until the end of Thanksgiving weekend, law enforcement officers are working overtime, so there's not a repeat of last year's statistics.

"A lot of people are just going to have to understand there is just going to be a lot of tickets written over the next 17 days," said Wilkerson.

According to the Indiana Department of Criminal Justice, there were 2,000 crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2009. That's why Wilkerson says if you are driving senseless, get ready to pay.

"When I say senseless driving I mean aggressive driving, following too close, impaired driving, seat belt violations and children not buckled in," said Wilkerson.

The enforcement blitz comes just days after two people died and two others were injured in a crash in Floyd County on U.S. 150. A witness told investigators the driver was tailgating, flashing his lights, honking, and passing cars in a no-passing zone moments before he lost control. Police say he crossed the center line and hit another car, killing himself and a 60-year-old woman in the other car.

"When you're driving, you need to keep in mind that it is not only your life you are putting at risk," said ISP Trooper David Scott.

"I hope in January we can look back and we have no fatalities for the holiday season, Thanksgiving and Christmas, that would be a wonderful ending," said Wilkerson.

State police say something to keep in mind is the "two second rule." It's important to stay two seconds behind the car in front of you, so if need be you will have enough time and space to make an immediate stop.

(Copyright 2010 WAVE News. All rights reserved.) 

By Katie Bauer email | bio

SELLERSBURG, IN (WAVE) –Slow down and obey the law or face the consequences. That's the message from Indiana State Police.

On Friday Troopers kicked off their traffic blitz aimed to keep you safe on the road.

On all major interstates and highways, Indiana State Police are joining in an effort to help keep roads safe this holiday season, this means more patrol units are on the lookout for motorists breaking the law.

"More than 250 personal from other agencies and the Indiana State Police will be patrolling the highways during this period to avoid these collisions and fatalities," said Sgt. Myron Wilkerson with the Indiana State Police.

From now until Thanksgiving, law enforcement officers are working overtime, so there's not a repeat of last year's statistics.

"A lot of people are just going to have to understand there is just going to be a lot of tickets written over the next 17 days," said Wilkerson.

According to the Indiana Department of Criminal Justice, there were 2000 crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2009. That's why Wilkerson says if you are driving senseless, get ready to pay.

"When I say senseless driving I mean aggressive driving, following too close, impaired driving, seat belt violations and children not buckled in," said Wilkerson.

This enforcement blitz comes just days after two people died and two others were injured in a crash in Floyd County on U.S. 150. A witness told investigators the driver was tailgating, flashing his lights, honking, and passing cars in a no-passing zone all moments before he lost control. Police say he crossed the center line and hit another car, killing himself and a 60-year-old woman in the other car.

"When you're driving you need to keep in mind that it is not only your life you are putting at risk," said Trooper David Scott with the Indiana State Police.

"I hope in January we can look back and we have no fatalities for the holiday season, Thanksgiving and Christmas, that would be a wonderful ending," said Wilkerson.

Indiana State Police say something to keep in mind is the two second rule. It's important to stay two seconds behind the car in front of you, so if need be you will have enough time and space to make an immediate stop.

(Copyright 2010 WAVE News. All rights reserved.) 

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