The Indiana State Police are reminding motorists to do their part in making Indiana highways safe during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.
Last year, five people were killed in motor vehicle crashes on Indiana roadways during the holiday driving period.
According to Indiana Criminal Justice Institute representative Megan LeMade, three of those crashes were alcohol related and there were a total of 131 alcohol related crashes during the July 4 holiday in 2008.
To help ensure the safety of all motorists during the holiday, the Indiana State Police will participate in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) from Friday through Tuesday.
Operation C.A.R.E. is a federally funded program and will allow additional troopers to patrol area roadways during the holiday period.
Officers will also participate in Statewide Driving under the Influence Project (SWDUIEP). Troopers will target impaired drivers, motorists who speed, follow too closely, make unsafe lane changes, drive aggressively and fail to buckle up or properly restrain their children.
Troopers will be aggressively enforcing Indiana's child restraint and seat belt laws. All occupants of a motor vehicle, including pickup trucks and sports utility vehicles, are required to be secured in a seat belt or child safety seat in every seating position.
The Indiana State Police encourages all motorists to observe the following safety tips:
* If you're planning to travel a long distance, make sure you are well rested. A fatigued drive is a dangerous driver,
* Avoid tailgating. Remember the two-second rule,
* Make sure everyone is buckled up, and
* Never drink and drive.