What's Happening at The Porter County Sheriff's
Surprise for Speeders
trucks, SUVs, motorcycles to pull over traffic violators
BY KEN KOSKY
September 11, 2007
The Porter County
Sheriff's Department has some bad news for you if you drive the speed limit
whenever a squad car is in the area, then put the pedal to the metal once the
police cruiser is out of sight. Police on Monday announced they will do
traffic enforcement with pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and motorcycles
-- all vehicles that don't look like traditional police cars. The goal is to get
people to drive at all times like a police car is around. "With school
back in, and nice weather, our traffic complaints rise and we're attempting to
address them," said Lt. Chris Eckert, police spokesman. Eckert said
officers who are in the nontraditional police vehicles will wear full police
uniforms and their vehicles will have lights and sirens. The new police
initiative began Monday. "We're putting them in areas with high amounts of
traffic complaints and areas where we've had a high occurrence of crashes,"
Eckert said. "We hope to continue (the crackdown), as manpower allows ...
as long as possible." All the vehicles being used for traffic enforcement
are owned by the Sheriff's Department. Eckert said police are under no
obligation to use any particular vehicle.