State Police Urge Safe Driving over Memorial Day Weekend

 Police are reminding drivers to be careful during their Memorial Day travels. The Indiana State Police is teaming up with other law enforcement agencies around the state to take part in the Click It or Ticket Campaign and Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort).

Officers will be on the lookout for aggressive and impaired drivers, as well as those not wearing seat belts. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of injury and death in a crash by 50 percent.

State Police also remind drivers to obey speed limits and use their turn signals, leave space between themselves and the car in front, expect slowed or stopped traffic when approaching construction zones, and slow down and move over for emergency, utility, and highway service vehicles.

Additionally, motorists should never drink or text and drive and should always make sure they’re well-rested before getting behind the wheel. State Police say a fatigued driver is as dangerous as an impaired driver. If you see a driver you believe is impaired, call 911 and give the a description of the vehicle, its location, and direction of travel.