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ISP introducing 'Crash Reduction Effort'

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

PUTNAMVILLE -- Traffic fatalities on Indiana roadways have descended to a record low of 629 in 2009, the lowest number since the statewide record keeping effort began in 1925.

In addition, statewide traffic deaths remain lower now than this time last year.

According to the Indiana State Police Fatal Accident Reporting System, the Putnamville District recorded 45 traffic deaths in 2008, and declined to 34 deaths in 2009. This year, 25 traffic fatalities have occurred thus far in the district, with 14 recorded in Vigo County alone.

The Putnamville District is composed of Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties.

Fatal traffic crashes area always a concern to the command staff at the Putnamville District. So, to combat the present danger and the risk of future fatal traffic crashes, the Indiana State Police Post at Putnamville is implementing a "Crash Reduction Effort," in an attempt to further reduce crashes and save lives.

This effort involves identifying the high crash area within the Putnamville District, identifying the leading crash causation factors and instituting designated patrols in those areas to reduce crashes.

This reduction effort is ongoing at all Indiana State Police districts throughout the state.

The most frequently recorded crash causation factors are following too closely, failure to yield at the right of way, unsafe lane movement, speeding, operating while intoxicated and seatbelt usage.

Armed with this information, troopers will now be spending a portion of their respective shifts targeting these causation factors within the high risk areas of the counties they patrol.

Troopers will be using Harley Davidson motorcycles, marked and unmarked cars, Dodge Chargers and Ford Mustangs.

Each county within the district has roadways that have been identified as being high crash areas.

In Clay County, the identified area is on Interstate-70, between the 17-milemarker and 27-milemarker.

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