WEST SIDE — After a rise in deadly car accidents this past month, Fox 59 rode with a state trooper to see what’s causing the tragic uptick.
Trooper Jarrin Franklin’s afternoon patrolling the west side is always non-stop.
“(He’s) going 75 miles an hour in a 55,” Franklin said of one driver.
From speeding tickets, to helping people out who have car trouble, to even pushing a stalled car out of traffic, a typical day means a lot of different problems.
“You’re safe, that’s all that matters,” Franklin said to one driver.
It’s the atypical, though, like recent tragic accidents, that Franklin sees going up this time of year.
“Summer brings out a lot of speeding, a lot of people doing a lot more unsafe lane movements,” Franklin said.
That’s because drivers let their guard down when the weather gets nice, Franklin said. He sees all kinds of small, unsafe maneuvers that can easily cause a chain reaction that ends in a tragic accident.
“See like this guy, you know, he shouldn’t be doing that,” Franklin said of one driver weaving in traffic.
Last week, a four-year-old girl lost her life in an accident on I-69 after her grandma slowed close to a stop and was rear-ended. Two days later, an elderly woman died in a crash on State Road 267 in Boone County.
Monday, a car slammed into a street sweeper in Noblesville, injuring a three-year-old and a six-year-old.
Every crash is different, but Franklin sees the little things that can cause those crashes all the time.
“(That driver) basically crossed five lanes of traffic to get where he’s at. He came flying up, he was going 79,” Franklin said.
Franklin said your best bet as a driver is to pay attention not only to your own driving, but to the cars around you.
“If someone cuts you off or cuts in front of you, slow down even more, get away from them,” Franklin said.
He said that if you see trouble or worry about a driver on the road, you shouldn’t hesitate to call police.
It’s all because drivers tend to forget that even without snow, a normal drive home can change in an instant.
“Slow down for me, okay?” Franklin said to a driver he pulled over on our trip.