INDIANA — Memorial Day weekend traditionally starts off the summer travel season and this weekend is shaping up to be the busiest in the Hoosier state in years.
With the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 race this weekend, along with lower fuel prices, travelers can expect a record number of motorists on the roadways.
Law enforcement throughout the state, including the Indiana State Police, will be participating in the Click it or Ticket campaign and Operation CARE or Combined Accident Reduction Effort. Troopers will look for aggressive drivers, impaired drivers and those who do not buckle up
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts reduce the risk of injury and death in a crash by 50 percent.
“The Indiana State Police welcome the thousands of visitors from across the nation and around the world coming to central Indiana this weekend to enjoy the ‘the greatest spectacle in racing,’” stated ISP Superintendent Doug Carter. “I encourage everyone to buckle up for safety, just as the 33 drivers in the Indianapolis 500 do each time they are behind the wheel of a race car or their own car.”
With the expected increase in traffic, motorists can follow the safety tips below:
- Obey all speed limits and always use your turn signals.
- Never drink and drive. Always have a designated driver.
- Make sure everyone is buckled up and children are properly restrained in child seats.
- Watch for and expect slowed or stopped traffic when approaching construction zones.
- Make sure you are well rested. A fatigued driver is as dangerous as an impaired driver.
- Avoid following too close. Use the two-second rule. Maintain following distance in construction zones.
- Do not text and drive.
- Slow down and move over for emergency, utility and highway service vehicles.
Motorists are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. Give a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver.