How About Some Good News?
It’s not all bad news these days, despite how you might feel after regular exposure to the media. Our state police have received a high honor related to keeping us safe on interstates and Indiana state roads. The enforcement officers and civilian employees of the Indiana State Police’s (ISP) Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division were acclaimed best in the nation at making sure large trucks obey our laws and safety standards. Their oversight has prevented countless accidents, injuries, and deaths involving tractor-trailers, according to the 2018 study done by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).
ATRI’s president, Rebecca Brewster, awarded Gov. Eric Holcomb and ISP officials a plaque in August, 2018, honoring Indiana’s status of No. 1 in the United States. Gov. Holcomb commented, “I’m proud to stand with these men and women who wake up each and every day and don’t know what’s coming at them, but they just knock it out of the park. For us to be recognized as leading the way is very meaningful.”
This is the second time Indiana has taken top honors recently; our state was named the best in the previous analysis carried out in 2011.
The “Crossroads of America”
Indiana is renowned for the large numbers of tractor-trailers that pass through our state daily. We have a tremendous amount of truck traffic because of the numerous interstates crisscrossing our state, including I-64, I-65, I-69, I-70, I-74, I-80, I-90, I-94, as well as several auxiliary interstates (the ones with three numbers) like I-465. Indiana has so many commercial vehicles traveling through it that the Hoosier state is known as the “Crossroads of America.”
For this reason, the Indiana State Police has a robust group of enforcement personnel to ensure that truckers obey the law. As recently as 2017, the ISP hired six more Motor Carrier Inspectors (MCIs). MCIs have limited enforcement authority as uniformed civilian employees; they enforce both Indiana commercial vehicle laws and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
The ATRI’s Findings
The Institute compiled data across all 50 states concerning truck crashes and enforcement inspection rates for truck traffic. We can be proud that Indiana does more to reduce truck crashes, fatalities, injuries, and property damage than any other state. Only California, a much larger and more populous state, carried out a greater number of truck enforcement inspections than Indiana—37,318 compared to our 31,023. But the Hoosier state saw 5,933 fewer truck crashes, with 4,833 for Indiana and 10,755 for the Golden State.
Maj. Jon Smithers, Commander of the Indiana State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division, said that he was pleased to accept the award on behalf of his group and the entire state. “Indiana is a high-volume commercial vehicle state, and unfortunately we have our share of commercial vehicle crashes. But our men and women work very hard to try to limit the number we do have.”
We say, congratulations to the ISP’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division for the well-deserved recognition! Their conscientious, hard work keeps us safe on our well-traveled roads.
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