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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 12, 2015)--From congested construction zones and highway delays to several horrific deadly crashes, I-65 has been a major point of concern and question for Central Indiana motorists.

FOX59 buckled up with Indiana State Police Trooper Susan Rinschler.

"We aren't out here to go after every single person and give everybody tickets. It's all about crash reduction and to make sure everyone goes home safe," said Rinschler.

First, we cruise through a construction zone on I-65 South. Last week, a Chicago man was killed in a cone-zone near Franklin.  Police say the driver drove off of the road.
"Terrain really doesn't cause the crash. Everything is well marked,the lanes are well marked. It is all really human error," said Rinschler.

During our ride-a-long, we saw several distracted drivers and some who just weren't thinking.

"Like this guy who decides to pass me in a fully marked car in a construction zone," said Rinschler.

While ISP  troopers regularly respond to serious crashes and incidents, they spend a portion of their day helping motorists who are involved in minor crashes.

Rinschler stops for a motorist who hit a barrel while driving through a construction zone.She suffered minimal damage.

We’re back on the road, headed for a three-car-crash on I-65 near downtown.

"I was one of the three cars," said motorist Nikki Tubbs

Chris Lowerey arrived moments after the crash. He’s an INDOT 'Hoosier Helper' assisting with traffic control.

"It’s better to be a few minutes late rather than an accident like this," said Lowerey.

"That's the goal, including myself is for everyone to get home and get home safely," said Rinschler.

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