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ISP gives holiday safety tips

Friday, August 31, 2012

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To help ensure the safety of all motorists during the Labor Day weekend, Indiana State Police will participate in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) as well as Operation Pull Over Blitz 72, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

Troopers will be looking for drivers who speed, follow too closely, make unsafe lane changes and drive impaired as well as other crash causing violations.

So far this year, officials report almost 43 percent of all fatal crashes involving motor vehicles were classified as occupants wearing no restraint. In addition, officials report approximately 82 percent of all fatal crashes involving motorcycles involved riders who were not wearing helmets.

Indiana State Police encourage all motorists to observe the following safety tips:

* Buckle up. The best chance at surviving any crash is by wearing a seat belt,

* Allow extra time to get to a destination,

* Don't use cruise control in heavy traffic,

* Avoid abrupt stops and starts in heavy traffic. Always signal lane changes,

* Use headlights even during daylight hours,

* Reduce speed in construction zones,

* Decrease speed in construction zones,

* Remember to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles, including tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles,

* Be well rested,

* Remember the two second rule and increase the distance between the vehicle in front,

* Never text while driving,

* Never mix prescriptions drugs with alcohol, and

* Never drive impaired. Have a designated driver.



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