SOURCE: News release from Indiana State Police
North Central Indiana – Recently, troopers working from the Indiana State Police Peru Post conducted a three day, unannounced, traffic enforcement project dubbed “Operation Summer Safety.”
Officers from the Indiana State Police utilized marked and unmarked police cars to conduct saturation patrols on those portions of U.S. 31, U.S. 24, and I-69 which travel through the Indiana State Police Peru District. The Peru District encompasses Cass, Fulton, Miami, Howard, Grant, Wabash, and Tipton Counties. Patrol officers were augmented by K-9 officers utilizing narcotic detecting police dogs.
The goal was to enforce traffic laws on heavily traveled roads throughout northern Indiana. Officers wanted to serve notice that as traffic increases, due to the easing of pandemic related restrictions, so will their vigilance in keeping Indiana roadways safe.
July 14 through July 16, officers teamed up to issue 112 traffic citations and 262 written warnings. Multiple warnings were issued for Indiana’s hand free law which went into effect on July 1, 2020. Troopers also made 10 criminal arrests, mostly for various drug related offenses.
“This is the tenth straight year we have organized a summer driving season patrol,” stated Indiana State Police Sergeant Dan Prus, who organized and oversaw the project. “We hope this reminds Hoosiers to follow all traffic laws and that Indiana is now hands free as it relates to using telecommunication devices while driving.”
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