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Indiana police using pickups to nab traffic scofflaws over Fourth of July weekend

INDIANAPOLIS – Traffic scofflaws, beware: That pickup truck you’re zipping by in a work zone might be a state trooper.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says state police have deployed nine specially-equipped, unmarked pickup trucks to catch speeders, tailgaters and other offenders in construction zones during an enforcement blitz over the extended holiday weekend.

The pickups resemble trucks normally used by contractors and highway crews. They’re equipped with LIDAR, which is similar to radar but uses laser light to measure distances between vehicles. That allows police to determine if vehicles are following too closely. Statistics show the top cause of work zone crashes to be following too closely.

Troopers also will watch for motorists making unsafe lane changes, driving aggressively and not buckling up.