LaPorte Police will be on the lookout for aggressive drivers during a special enforcement initiative that starts today. Through Jan. 24, officers will be working 30 hours of Operation Pull Over-funded patrols. They will be looking for behaviors such as running stop signs or automatic signals and failing to yield, following too closely, unsafe backing, speeding and driving too fast for conditions.
Capt. Tom Heath says those behaviors were factors in two-thirds of the crashes investigated there in 2015. Officers will also be cracking down on unsafe behaviors like texting while driving in an attempt to reduce crashes and injuries.
Heath adds January was chosen for the patrols because 2015 crash statistics indicate the second highest percentage of crashes in comparison to the total crashes in the city at almost 10 percent. February saw the most with 12.44 percent of the total.
Operation Pull Over is funded by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. The goal is to reduce traffic crashes injuries and fatalities by promoting passenger restraint use, and supporting impaired and dangerous driving enforcement.