Indiana State Police are beefing up patrols. Increased patrols will be visible from 6 p.m. (Christmas Eve) through 6 a.m. Monday and then from 6 p.m. (New Year’s Eve) through Jan. 5. Troopers will look for drivers who speed, follow other vehicles too close, make unsafe lane changes, drive aggressively, fail to use seat belts or child restraints. Troopers from the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division will be focused on violations by commercial drivers.

The Indiana State Police are encouraging all motorists to observe the following safety tips:

  • Obey all speed limits and always use your turn signals.
  • Never drink and drive. If celebrating make sure you have a designated driver.
  • Make sure everyone is buckled up and children are properly restrained in child seats.
  • Always watch for and expect slowed or stopped traffic ahead, especially when approaching construction zones.
  • When stopped in traffic, watch for vehicles approaching from behind, and be ready to take evasive action if it appears traffic is approaching too fast to stop.
  • If you’re planning to travel a long distance, make sure you are well rested. A fatigued driver is as dangerous as an impaired driver.
  • Avoid tailgating, remember the two-second rule and increase your following distance in construction zones.

State troopers are encouraging motorists to report impaired drivers by calling 911 and giving the dispatcher a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. State police said you should never follow an impaired driver.

POSTED: 12/21/14 at 9:26 pm. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News