State police targeting aggressive drivers


Drivers are paying the price for doing something many of them don't even think is illegal.

Indiana State Police say they're going after aggressive drivers, but say a lot of drivers don't understand what it takes to get a ticket.

Starting this Sunday, troopers will be participating in a campaign to reduce the number of crashes involving semis and passenger cars.

Troopers will be looking for vehicles who drive dangerously around semi trucks and other commercial motor vehicles.

Some of the violations troopers will be looking for include: unsafe lane changes, failure to yield the right of way, following too closely and aggressive driving.

Police say in many crashes involving semis, the crash is caused by the passenger vehicle operating in an unsafe manner.

"The damage and carnage per se, is a lot higher when you're involved in two vehicles like that," said Indiana State Trooper Thomas Burgett.

Troopers will be on the lookout for drivers who cut off trucks when changing lanes, follow them too closely, or drive aggressively around them.

"Dangerous speed. You have unsafe lane movement, following too close, flashing your headlights, you know, brake checking somebody else," said Burgett.

State police say there should be at least 3-4 seconds time between you and the person in front of you, maybe longer if you are in front of a semi.

"A lot of people, what we're finding out, is they'll just pull in front of these trucks, thinking that they're slow trucks," said Burgett. "There's many times, it's not the commercial motor vehicle's fault. It's a passenger car jumping in front of a truck, thinking that he's going to be able to stop that thing in 40 feet and he can't."

Most drivers, though, don't know that.

That's why troopers will be pulling over more drivers who cut off trucks. Sometimes, they'll just be giving them a warning and a lesson.

Other times, though, the trooper will be writing a ticket to drive home the point.