Six-State Enforcement Crackdown Targets “Distracted Driving” to Catch “Criminals”
Indianapolis, IN – Troopers in six states will be ramping up traffic enforcement this week in an effort to take more criminals off of the streets.
A large scale enforcement operation called the Six-State Trooper Project is set to begin Thursday, March 12, and continue through Saturday, March 14.
The crackdown will be conducted by Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia State Police agencies.
According to a statement from the Indiana State Police (ISP) about the three-day operation, the purpose is to “create a bigger net for law enforcement to fish.”
“Troopers understand that the criminal element by and large operates in a mobile environment. Criminals regularly must navigate our roadways while moving from point A to point B. We achieve safer roadways through increased traffic enforcement, with an overall commitment to creating safer communities by getting criminals off the streets,” ISP said.
Further, ISP says truckers and motorists can expect to see an increased presence of state troopers on the roadsides conducting traffic stops.
Specifically, law enforcement will be targeting distracted driving and is urging drivers to move over or slowdown to give them the room to work safely.
Kentucky State Police (KSP) Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) Division is also currently engaged in a two-week statewide enforcement blitz targeting aggressive driving behaviors.
KSP’s Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) Blitz began March 1, and targets drivers (both passenger car and commercial vehicle) who exhibit “aggressive behaviors,” such as improper lanes changes, speeding, following too closely, not leaving enough space to pass and failure to yield the right-of-way.
TACT enforcement and public information efforts are funded by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Last week, authorities in 13 states also conducted a safety enforcement crackdown for the stated purpose of reducing crashes involving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and targeting aggressive and reckless drivers.
Operation Safe D.R.I.V.E. (Distracted Reckless Impaired Visibility Enforcement) safety campaign occurred March 3-5, along interstates and highways in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.