State Police on Lookout for Distracted Drivers

By Stephanie Parkinson

June 21, 2012 Updated Jun 21, 2012 at 5:27 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) The Indiana State Police are stepping up patrols in northeast Indiana. The move is in an effort to stop a rise in deaths related to traffic accidents.

Troopers will be on the road patrolling and even using a plane to watch drivers from the sky. Their mission is to find distracted drivers.

"Our goal is to save lives, when we study those crashes, the vast majority of them, the primary cause for that crash is run off the road right. Well it begs the question, why are people running off the road to the right?" said Lt. Tony Casto, Indiana State Police.

ISP says many traffic crashes are caused by distractions like cell phones. They will be on the watch for people veering out of their lanes, drowsy drivers and texting while driving.

"At the trauma center we see so many people that come into the trauma center with accidents that can be prevented, and we are tired of seeing the devastation from texting and driving," said Lori Hunt, Parkview Hospital.

It isn't just about laying down the law for ISP. It's also about education. Parkview Health's Don't Text & Drive campaign partners with ISP. Together they hold seminars to educate drivers about the dangers of texting when behind the wheel.

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