Statement issued Friday by the Fort Wayne post:
Allen/Whitley County, IN – The mission statement of the Indiana State Police reads in part, "we will ensure public safety on our roadways with direct and vigorous traffic enforcement," which goes to the heart of the Department's crash reduction efforts that are intended to not only change the driving behaviors of the motoring public, but to reduce the overall numbers of crashes, injuries and fatalities.
Sergeant Mike Yordy from the Fort Wayne Post is spearheading an effort to garner voluntary compliance of our traffic laws by putting a crash reduction emphasis on US 30 in both Allen and Whitley Counties. Yordy's plan will involve the use of the District's Mustangs, Chargers, unmarked patrol vehicles, and as the weather improves the motorcycle units. Assistance from local and county agencies will be sought out as well. Particular emphasis will be placed on commercial motor vehicle traffic and their violations of state and federal laws by Troopers who are federally certified to enforce the various federal regulations governing their operation on the roadway.
According to First Sergeant Mike Nichols, in 2010 there were a total of 227 vehicle crashes on US 30 in which 67 people were injured and two people were killed. Of that total, 53 of the crashes reported involved commercial motor vehicles. Statistics also showed that the majority of the crashes occurred between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. The hours of 7:00 pm and 5:00 am were shown to be the second busiest time frame for crashes.
Fort Wayne District Commander Lieutenant Tony Casto reminds motorists that they are an instrumental piece of our crash reduction efforts and they can help by continuing to monitor and alter their driving behaviors according to the weather, existing traffic conditions and their own driving abilities. "By working together, we can make our roadways safer places for everyone" said Casto.