To help ensure the safety of all motorists during the holiday, ISP will participate 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. Troopers extra patrols will be targeting impaired drivers, motorists who speed, follow too closely, make unsafe lane changes, drive aggressively and fail to buckle up or properly restrain children.
During the July 4 travel period, motorists are reminded of two important issues:
* Indiana's new law that prevents drivers from texting/e-mailing while driving begins Friday and two Interstate-70 highway construction projects near Terre Haute are underway and present various challenges to drivers.
The Indiana State Police encourage all motorists to observe the following safety tips:
* If planning to travel a long distance, make sure to be well rested. A fatigued driver is a dangerous driver,
* Avoid tailgating. Remember the two-second rule,
* Use extra caution when approaching and traveling through construction zones,
* Obey all speed limits and always use turn signals,
* Never drink and drive,
* Make sure everyone is buckled up, and
* Do not text and drive.