Operation Pull Over happens multiple times a year.
It’s where law enforcement agencies receive a grant that allows them to up patrols.
Friday starts a focus on aggressive driving and several agencies are teaming up around the Valley to make the roads a safer place.
Local law enforcement is cracking down now more than ever on dangerous driving after our community has recently lost multiple young lives to accidents that could have been prevented.
They are hoping that showing how serious they are that it will force drivers to be more cautious on the roadways.
A grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is allowing local law enforcement agencies all over the state to up patrols, something that Sgt. Matt Ames says is needed this time of year. “This is a time of year where the NCAA tournament pics up and also we have St. Patrick’s Day coming on March 17. It is going to be a time where people are going to be getting out and doing more things.”
But this year’s Operation Pull Over focus is really hitting home for the Wabash Valley.
“Especially in recent times, recent last few weeks we have seen a number of tragedies that at least on the surface could be related to aggressive driving or speeding where we have lost a number of members of our community. So I think this is a perfect time to focus more on this,” said Terre Haute PD Chief Shawn Keen.
Statistics show that aggressive driving is increasing and young drivers are continuing to become victims of fatal accidents.
“It is not about writing tickets. It is about preventing people from speeding and preventing people from getting injured or killed,” says Keen.
Some of the lead causes in accidents with injuries are failing to yield, following to closely, and unsafe lane movements.
“People that are drinking and driving and also texting and driving or driving while distracted as well,” says Ames. “Over my 23 years on the department there has definitely been an increase in the distracted driving definitely.”
Officers are hoping to cause a big change through this program and show drivers that one careless move can have devastating consequences.
“We are not looking for minor stuff we are looking for dangerous events that are causing accidents and getting people hurt or killed. I think this effort helps make our roads safe and that is why we all work together to try to do that,” says Vigo County Sheriff John Plasse.
The agencies participating in operation pull over are the Indiana State Police, Vigo County Sheriff’s Department, Terre Haute Police Department, West Terre Haute Police Department, and the ISU Police.
Operation Pull Over runs from Friday March 1 – Sunday March 24.