TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Indiana State Police will up its patrols of I-70 this week.
The Six State Trooper Initiative will have troopers enforce laws such as the ‘Hands Free Law’ and ‘Move Over, Slow Down’ more strictly.
“The Six State Trooper Initiative is where we’re trying to enforce specific state laws we’re looking at,” ISP Public Information Officer Sgt. Matt Ames said. “Right now we’re working on the ‘Move Over, Slow Down’ law.”
This law states drivers must move over or slow their speed for stationary vehicles along roadways. Ames said this could apply all vehicles and not just law enforcement vehicles.
“It also states for highway vehicles along the roadway, road services and trash haulers,” Ames said. “Basically what we’re trying to do is make for the safest possible environment for all our emergency personnel out here.”
Indiana State Police hopes the stricter enforcement will educate drivers about these types of roadway violations and keep the roads safe.
“We’re just trying to educate the public so that the roadways can be safer for emergency personnel travelling or working. We want everybody to understand better just what the laws are here in the state of Indiana,” Ames said.