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Troopers Increase Patrols Across State

Last updated on Saturday, May 24, 2008

(UNDATED) - Indiana State Police troopers will have extra patrols on roadways over the Memorial Day weekend.

Tens of thousands will be attending the Indianapolis 500 race while thousands of others will be visiting family and friends for backyard barbeques.

Troopers will be looking for motorists who commit crash and injury- causing traffic violations such as impaired driving, speeding, following too close and those not wearing their seatbelt when required.

ISP Sgt. Joe Watts said due to these efforts, the number of fatalities on Indiana roadways has steadily decreased over the last 3 years. In 2005, the state recorded 938 deaths on Indiana's roads and in 2006, that number was 902. In 2007, the number of fatalities dropped to 898.

Additionally troopers and motor carrier inspectors will work extra hours to ensure commercial motor vehicles are operating safely. Their efforts will concentrate on enforcing traffic, size, weight and mechanical violations as well as illegal interstate parking.

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