TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – It’s Labor Day weekend, one of the busiest travel times of the year.
“We have not only the traffic on the interstate passing through the area, but we have local residents who have calls for service also,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. Dave Murray.
Murray said on any given day, more than 50,000 vehicles will travel on Interstate 65 in a 24-hour period.
This holiday weekend traffic is likely to surpass that number, as AAA estimates about 35 million people will hit the road. It’s something Murray said troopers are prepared for.
“Across the state, we estimate approximately 150 to 155 additional troopers are working special projects which encompass all the main interstates,” said Murray.
Murray said those projects include looking for not only reckless and distracted drivers, but drunken drivers.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that over Labor Day weekend, one drunk driving fatality occurs every 34 minutes.
“That is still one of the biggest figures when it comes to traffic fatalities,” said Murray.
Here locally, police said alcohol was responsible for several serious crashes over the weekend.
On Saturday, two people were airlifted to Indianapolis hospitals after a rollover crash in Carroll County. In Tippecanoe County, one man was taken to a local hospital after rolling his car multiple times.
“We’re not in the business of recommending that people don’t drink at all,” said Murray. “That is something that we cannot control, but we can control their behavior once they get on the highway.”
That’s why Murray said troopers will continue to patrol the interstates late into the night to help make sure everyone gets home safely this holiday weekend.