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Trooper takes being a buzz kill over drinking and driving

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Indiana and Kentucky State Police have been out in numbers doing their best to keep everyone as safe as possible. Indiana and Kentucky State Police have been out in numbers doing their best to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Police patrolled Deam Lake on Memorial Day. Police patrolled Deam Lake on Memorial Day.
Indiana State Police Trooper Nicholas Yaeger Indiana State Police Trooper Nicholas Yaeger

CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - Just like any other holiday Memorial Day puts more cars on the road and opens the door for more accidents as drivers are in a hurry to get home. That's why Indiana and Kentucky State Police have been out in numbers doing their best to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Indiana State Police Trooper Nicholas Yaeger doesn't set out with plans to spoil people's Memorial Day plans, but let's face it, it's guaranteed some folks are drinking then driving and others are speeding.

"We've already had a few cars today moving in the 100s," Yaeger said.

One driver was clocked at 105 Monday on Interstate 65. Traffic slowed him down just long enough to get caught.

Another driver wasn't quite that fast, he was going 68 miles per hour in a 55 zone, but there was another problem.

"Did you know your license is suspended?" Yaeger asked him once he was pulled over.

Yaeger, along with his Kentucky State Police colleagues, weren't just looking for speeders, they also made sure drivers were wearing seat belts and staying in line.  

"You get a lot of partiers," he said.

That's especially true at Deam Lake where the man with a suspended license was headed.

"Worst case scenario, you don't want anybody to drown or crash their boats or get injured that way," said Yaeger.

While most folks take it easy when on the water or have a designated driver to get them home, not everyone does – Yaeger said he's seen it all from arguments, to fights, even nudity.

"Starts off goofing around, everybody's having a good time then the next thing you know somebody takes it the wrong way and it starts a fight ," he said.

So when Yaeger Deam Lake does he get a warm welcome? Or is he seen as the buzz kill patrol?

"Even if it is a buzz kill at least it puts it in their mind ‘hey I need to be responsible maybe I need to cut back a little bit,'" he said. "If it keeps somebody from drinking and driving I don't mind being a buzz kill."

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