PUTNAMVILLE -- Lt. Dan Jones, Commander of the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post, recently encouraged all motorists to do their part in making highways safe during the upcoming holiday.
To help ensure the safety of all motorists during the holiday, ISP will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort).
Operation C.A.R.E. is a federally funded program and will allow approximately 150 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.
The Indiana State Police encourage all motorists to observe the following safety tips:
* When planning to travel a long distance, make sure you are well rested. A fatigued driver is a dangerous driver,
* Avoid tailgating. Remember the two-second rule,
* Make sure everyone is buckled up, and
* Never drink and drive.
According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), there were two fatal crashes in Indiana during the 2009 July 4 holiday period. In one of those crashes, the driver fatally injured tested positive for illegal drugs and had a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit.
During the 2009 July 4 holiday period, there were 1,003 total crashes in the state. Of those, 83 were alcohol related. A total of 306 persons were injured in crashes during the period and 41 persons (13 percent) were injured in crashes where alcohol was a contributing factor.
The enhanced enforcement efforts will begin at midnight Friday, July 2, and conclude Monday, July 5, at midnight.
The Putnamville Post is composed of Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties.