(UNDATED) - The extra police patrols are already on the roadways, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Every year, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute teams up with police across the state to saturate the roads and keep a watch for everything from aggressive drivers to people not wearing their seat belts. This year, more than 250 officers will get some overtime to help keep the roads safe.
Last year, 136 people were killed between Thanksgiving and New Year's on Hoosier roadways. Mike Cunegin with the ICJI says this year will be different because there are tougher seat belt laws in place. The general assembly passed laws to include trucks, passengers, and tighten down on child safety restraints.
The stepped-up enforcement will run through the holiday weekend.
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