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Officials to keep eye on roads for weekend

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Memorial Day signals the beginning of the summer season in Indiana.

Thousands of Hoosiers will take to the road during the Memorial Day weekend to visit family and friends.

Tens of thousands will come to Indianapolis for the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500.

The Indiana State Police will concentrate on keeping the roads safe for all motorists to enjoy the holiday weekend.

Troopers will be looking for motorists who commit crash and injury causing traffic violations such as impaired driving, speeding, following too close and those not wearing their seatbelt when required.

"We have focused on public service and public safety and we will continue those efforts through the Memorial Day holiday," Indiana State Police Supt. Paul Whitesell said. "With special emphasis and continued efforts, the number of fatalities on Indiana roadways has steadily decreased over the last three years.

In 2005, the state recorded 938 deaths on Indiana's roads and in 2006, that number was 902 deaths. In 2007, the number of fatalities dropped to 898.

The state police's participation in state and national grant-funded enforcement programs like Click it of Ticket, Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), SWDUIEP (Statewide Driving Under the Influence Project) and Operation Pull Over will provide monies for additional troopers to be on patrol. They will be watching for drivers who commit traffic violations, are driving under the influence and those who are not wearing their seatbelt between Friday and Monday.

Additionally, troopers and motor carrier inspectors will also work extra hours to ensure commercial motor vehicles are operating safely. Their efforts will concentrate on enforcing traffic, logbook, size, weight and mechanical violations as well as illegal interstate parking.

"Many factors, to include aggressive driving, exceeding the speed limit and driving under the influence play a key role in vehicle crashes," Whitesell said. "As troopers, it is our responsibility to address those violations in order to insure safety throughout our state."

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