IMPD cracks down on U.S. 31 speeders

By Diana Penner
Posted: August 17, 2009


Speeders accustomed to lead-footing it down U.S. 31 on the Indianapolis Southside might want to moderate: The police are watching.
Last weekend, stepped-up efforts by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department on “Project 31” netted 98 charges, tickets, summonses, warrant arrests and warnings.

The initiative is expected to go on indefinitely, until tickets and complaints of speeders drop, said Sgt. Matthew Mount, an IMPD spokesman.
Southeast District officers will be concentrating on U.S. 31 traffic from about the area of Southern Plaza, near I-465, south to the county line.
Friday and Saturday night, officers stopped 164 motorists and took 240 “enforcement actions.”
Those included 11 arrests for non-drunk driving infractions, from drug possession to dangerous driving. In addition, 127 tickets were issued, 46 warnings were handed out, six vehicles were towed and six previously issued warrants were served.
Only two motorists were arrested for drunk driving, one each night, according to IMPD statistics.
Most of the stops were for speeding, but officers also watch for moving violations ssuch as unsafe lane changes and failure to use turn signals, Mount said.

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