NewsLocal News / July 16, 2019

Indiana State Police Patrol Highway From A Semi

A trooper prepares for a police detail in a semi truck. - Darian Benson/WFYI

A trooper prepares for a police detail in a semi truck.

Darian Benson/WFYI

Indiana State Police will make more of their traffic stops with the help of a semi trailer. The height allows them to see more infractions. 

Trucking company Carter Express provides a truck and driver Mark Baker -- who says he sees a lot of bad driving.

“I see a lot of erratic lane changes, and with all the construction stuff there's a lot of stoppage,” Baker says. “If you don't pay attention you're going to get yourself in trouble real quick.”

Baker drove while a trooper scanned the Interstate from the passenger seat.

When a car is caught speeding, the trooper in the cab calls a chase car, who pulls the driver over. Indiana State Police are increasing this practice. 

Sgt. John Perrine says people need to be more cautious.

“Limit the distraction,” Perrine says. “Secondly, drive with caution, increase your following distance, slow down, use your turn signal, wear your seatbelt all of these things together will make the roads safer for everyone.”

On this route, on this day, troopers reported a total of 83 violations.

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