ISP launches aggressive campaign to make roadways safer


by Renee Murphy

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 20 at 4:41 PM

SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WHAS11) -- If you plan to drive through Southern Indiana any time soon, a warning - stop speeding or else. The Indiana State Police Department is launching a new aggressive campaign to save lives.

Deaths from fatal crashes in Indiana are up and police said its time to slow down.
"Troopers know that traffic enforcement is not very popular but neither is dying in a car crash," Sgt. Jerry Goodin, Indiana State Police, said.

Twenty-four more people died on Indiana highways in collisions this year compared to the this time last year, and police said they taking a no excuses approach to traffic enforcement.

No more warnings they said. Just citations for speeding, following to closely, not wearing your seat belt and driving while impaired or distracted.

"We have recent study aggressive enforcement - fatalities increase," Goodin said.

They said they will have the same number of troopers patrolling, but their main goal now is to stop speeding.

Every trooper out patrolling will be focused on motorists safety. And, if the public slows down - troopers say it will save lives.

This new initiative goes beyond the "Click It or Ticket" campaign. They will be using aircraft and stealth vehicles to get you to slow down, especially in construction zones. Troopers said they will have vehicles at construction sites that look like INDOT work trucks.

Goodin said 319 people have died on Indiana roadways this year.