Indiana State Police Cracking Down on Distracted Driving

Published 07/23 2014 03:28PM

Updated 07/23 2014 07:43PM

Distracted driving is one of the main causes of crashes not only in Indiana, but all across the nation.

Indiana and five other states work together seven times a year on various crackdowns related to intoxicated driving and drug trafficking, among others. From July 20th through the 26th Indiana State Police officers are cracking down on distracted driving.

ISP Sergeant Joe Watts said that distracted driving can include reading a newspaper or putting on make-up. Although some forms of distracted driving are technically legal, law enforcement will be looking for signs of distracted driving that lead to traffic infractions.

In 2012 ISP wrote 216 tickets directly related to texting and driving and another 186 in 2013.

Clark Cottom, Chief Deputy of Vigo County Sheriffs Department, said the focus is identifying motorists who are not driving a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, not following the flow of traffic and other signs of similar nature.

Cottom said that distracted driving is leveling off and they are starting to see a decrease in crashes. 

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