The Christmas and New Year's Holiday Season is traditionally one of travel and happy times. The Indiana State Police reminds all motorists to do their part in making our roadways safe during the upcoming holidays. Last year during the Christmas/New Year's Holiday Period, 14 people lost their lives on Indiana roadways. This period is from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1.
The Indiana State Police will be utilizing extra troopers and commercial motor vehicle inspectors to ensure the safety of motorists on Indiana roadways. Federal and state programs such as; Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), MCSAP (Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program) and D.U.I.E.P. (Driving Under the Influence Extra Patrol) will be used to allow extra troopers and motor carrier inspectors to patrol area roadways.
Officers will be targeting impaired drivers, erratic driving, speed, seatbelt/child restraint violations, oversize/overweight trucks, inadequate log books and parking on interstate violations.
The Indiana State Police offer the following safety tips:
-Don't drink and drive
-Make sure all occupants are buckled up
-Don't follow too closely
-Slow down and use common sense
-Ensure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition
-Possess a fully charged cell phone
As a somber reminder, last year in Indiana more than 200 motorists were killed as a result of an alcohol related crash.