INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 20, 2015) – Indiana State Police troopers will be out patrolling the roads more than usual this holiday season.
The department pays for hundreds of added shifts by using federal funds that are part of a program called, Operation C.A.R.E., or Combined Accident Reduction Effort.
“Obviously there is going to be a larger number of vehicles out here so we have to deal with that,” Master Trooper Shana Kennedy said. “And make sure everybody gets where they need to go and that’s our main purpose.”
Agencies across the state will use the money differently, but a large amount will go toward cracking down on drunk drivers.
“We don’t want to take anybody to jail. We don’t deal with people at the hospitals or morgues,” Kennedy said. “We don’t want to have to go tell family members you aren’t going to make it.”
Jessalyn Schmaedeke and Rachel Lawrence traveled through Indianapolis Sunday on their way back home to Minnesota.
“Traffic has been absolutely crazy,” Schmaedeke said.
The two were in Tennessee at military training and said they were glad to hear there’s more patrols for the holiday traffic.
“Especially because there are a lot of people that can’t be home for Christmas and we want people that can be, to make it there safely,” Schmaedeke said.
AAA estimates estimates more than 90 million Americans will hit the roads this holiday season.
The increased patrols started December 18th and will run through January 3rd.