FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Indiana and Ohio drivers can expect to see more police patrol cars on the road over the next several days because of a State Police initiative.
Indiana and Ohio State Police will be pulling over drivers more frequently starting Thursday and going through Saturday.
Troopers from the Indiana State Police Fort Wayne Post will be joining forces this week with Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia State Police agencies, for what is known as the Six-State Trooper Project.
This project was designed to intercept crime through routine traffic stops.
ISP hopes to use the increased presence on the roads to catch more people driving drunk, carrying illegal drugs, or trying to escape from warrants.
ISP Sergeant Brian Walker says the best way to catch more criminals is to cast a wider net.
“So where you may get pulled over for 15 miles per hour over the speed limit normally, we might be looking at something more 10 miles per hour or below," Walker said. "We might reduce our standards.”
Walker says this project wasn’t planned with any specific events in mind, but he hopes increased police presence ahead of March Madness and Saint Patrick’s Day will make people think twice about driving drunk.
ISP says motorists who observe high-risk driving behavior, impaired driving behavior, or suspect criminal activity on Indiana roadways are always encouraged to call 911, or call direct to the Indiana State Police Fort Wayne Post at (260)432-8661 for assistance.