By Eric Levy
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 28, 2014) -- The Labor Day holiday weekend is almost here, and the Indiana State Police promises to be out in force to make sure you're following the rules of the road.
They're using the typical cruisers with the decals, but something else this year -- a few very non-descript pick up trucks that blend in with traffic. A white Ford F-Series pick up was given to Indiana State Police by INDOT, with a focus on construction zone patrols.
"Some people are starting to catch on to them, they see a little bit more of them out there, but for the most part people still don't recognize them as a police vehicle," said Trooper Andrew Forgey, with the Indiana State Police.
On the inside, it has exactly what you'd see in typical police cars, including the radar which caught a number of drivers going way too fast through the South Split construction project area.
"We've already lost lives of several workers this year alone in these zones, and people just realize to slow down, give a little bit more time to get to their destination," Forgey said.
Back in May, Coty Demoss and Kenneth Duerson were killed when a pick up truck crashed in to the work zone they were working in along I-69 on the north side. Weeks later, two more workers were injured in a crash along I-70 in Greenfield. So, the unmarked cars are just another way to get you to slow down, and protect everyone.
"Just because you don't see a marked police car doesn't mean that the police aren't out there monitoring speeds or any other reckless type of driving that may be going on," he said.
If that doesn't get you to slow down, think about this. The price of a traffic ticket through a construction zone is multiplied.