Police will up presence on Memorial Day weekend
Staff report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State Police will increase its presence this weekend in hopes of making this year’s Memorial Day weekend safer than last year’s.

Fourteen people were killed on Indiana roadways during Memorial Day weekend last year, according to an ISP news release.

To combat this, ISP is participating in Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). The weeklong program began Monday.

Operation CARE is a federally-funded program that will allow more than 150 troopers on the road this weekend, the news release stated.

Officers will focus on speeding, following too closely, making unsafe lane changes, driving aggressively and failing to buckle up or properly restrain children.

Motorists planning to travel this weekend are encouraged to make sure they’re well-rested and everyone is buckled up. Also, they should avoid tailgating.

It’s also important to remember to never drink and drive, according to the news release.

In relation to buckling up, members of the Terre Haute Police Department will conduct Operation Pull Over, a nighttime enforcement blitz, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m today at 13th Street and Wabash Avenue. The blitz will focus on seatbelt enforcement.

The Terre Haute Police Department will join police departments nationwide in the initiative.