IN State Police launch Crash Reduction Program

Indiana State Police are working to reduce the number of lives that are lost every year in car crashes. Monday, they launched the State Police Crash Reduction Program.

They have highlighted an initiative to prevent and identify distracted driving.

Police will look for unsafe lane movement, unsafe speed, failure to yield, alcohol as a contributor and following too closely to other drivers.

Elkhart leaders are behind the plan and say there is a direct link between the number of crashes, and the number of stops police are making.

“The idea of enforcement isn't to be a harassment to the citizens at all,” said Curtis Hill, Elkhart Prosecuting Attorney. “It's an idea to make them aware the police are out there to remind you that you shouldn't text, that you shouldn't engage in distracted driving, if you happen to be one that would forget, and by giving that extra push we hope to save lives and ultimately that's our goal.”

Officers say, when it comes to unsafe driving, texting is one of the biggest problems they face.

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