Safe Streets: Fishers Police ride-along
Note: This is the second part in a five-part series that aired on Sunrise. See part one here.
How many times have you been on the road behind a driver who suddenly switches lanes without a turn signal? Or even had a close call by someone who disregards a stoplight?
It can be annoying and sometimes dangerous.
It happens more than you might think. This week, we give you a look from inside the police car and what local police see every day.
Fishers Police Officer Edgar Holmes sees it daily. We rode along with him on a busy stretch of 96th Street at I-69.
"See, there's a safety belt violation right there." Immediately he sounds his squad car siren.
He scans the road for a multitude of motorist mistakes.
He pulls over a van and asks, "Any good reason why you don't have it on today?"
The mom at the wheel replies, "I was trying to get something for him and took it off and I'm a block away, so I'm sorry."
She receives a verbal warning.
Minutes later, he spots another common traffic offense. No turn signal.
He attempts to pull the van over, but the driver doesn't notice the police lights in her rear view mirror.
It takes nearly two minutes and a blast from his siren before she pulls over on the interstate ramp.
While driving, Officer Holmes said, "No, she didn't recognize I was behind her the whole time. We do so many things driving, the phone texting. Officer Holmes says not using a turn signal is the most common offense he sees, followed by safety belt violations, then speeding.
He writes up a warning for the driver who didn't use a turn signal.
The driver of a pickup truck was not so lucky shortly after he pulled in front of us and ran a red light.
After pulling over the pickup truck, the officer told the driver, "I'm Officer Holmes, Fishers Police Department. The reason you are being stopped is you ran the light in the 7100 block of 96th Street. Is there any good reason why you wouldn't come to a stop?"
"Because I was looking to see where Menard's was. It just jumped up on me and turned red on me," the man said.
"I'm writing you a citation. You gotta come to a stop at a stoplight. It's very important," Holmes said.
So what do drivers need to know most when it comes to staying safe on the roads?
"That they're not the only drivers out here. You're not just driving for yourself, you're driving for everyone around you. The road is filled with thousands and thousands of vehicles every day on your way to work, so you can't drive selfishly."