Police plan March aggressive-driving patrols

From Local Sources

Spring is just around the corner and area police say they know that, as temperatures rise and winter ice and snow recede from roads, drivers will be tempted to increase their speeds and take more risks behind the wheel.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Huntingburg Police Department, Jasper Police Department, Indiana State Police at the Jasper Post and about 230 additional law enforcement agencies across Indiana are warning drivers of increased patrols this March for aggressive driving violations.

“The rules of the road are not only the law, they are designed to help everyone reach their destination safely and efficiently,” said Jasper Assistant Chief Aaron Persohn.

State Police Sgt. Robert Lampert II said troopers at the Jasper Post plan to conduct a sobriety checkpoint sometime between March 1 and 24 in conjunction with the March patrols.

Chief Deputy Chris Faulkenberg with the sheriff’s department and Huntingburg Assistant Chief Brad Kramer both said that by warning drivers of aggressive driving enforcement, the aim is to prevent unsafe driving and save lives.

Failing to yield the right of way is one of the top causes of crashes that lead to injuries and deaths, according to authorities. Following too closely and unsafe lane movement violations are also among the top causes of crashes. Other aggressive-driving violations include unsafe speed; speed too fast for weather conditions; disregarding a traffic signal or sign; and improper passing, turning or lane usage.

Young drivers, particularly young men, are more likely to be engaging in unsafe driving behaviors before a crash, police state.

Overtime traffic enforcement like the March patrols is funded through National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grants administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

Statistics and more information are in the most recent Crash Fact Book and Dangerous Driving Fact Sheet that ICJI publishes with the Indiana University Public Policy Institute at https://trafficsafety.iupui.edu.

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