What's Happening at The Porter County Sheriff's
Media Announcement for Report a Violator
Sheriff: Let cops send bad drivers letter
By Ken Kosky
Thursday, May 01, 2008
VALPARAISO | Porter County Sheriff David Lain said he
can't go anywhere without someone telling him a story
about a bad driver they saw on the county's roadways.
That's why Lain decided to give citizens a chance to
report poor driving. People can now visit the sheriff's
Web site and type in a vehicle description, license
plate number and details about the driving offense.
The Sheriff's Department will then send the vehicle
owner a letter letting the motorist know there has been
a complaint and asking them to be more careful.
Lain hopes the new program will let the average resident
feel they can take action to make their neighborhood or
the highways safer. Lain also hopes the drivers who
receive letters from the Sheriff's Department will
become more attentive while behind the wheel.
"We can't write a ticket based on what (a person) saw,
but at least we can let people know there are people
watching and it does come to the ears of police
officers," Lain said.
Lain said some of the vehicle owners who receive letters
will realize their children are the ones who are accused
of poor driving, and that can spark a conversation.
People can visit
portercountysheriff.com to report a
violator or stop by the Sheriff's Department at 2755
Ind. 49 in Valparaiso to fill out a form. Complainants
must provide their contact information and agree not to
provide false reports.
Lain cautions people not to put themselves in danger by
confronting another motorist or by chasing a vehicle to
get its license plate number.
Other police departments accept driving complaints and
will ask officers to conduct extra patrols in
high-complaint areas. Valparaiso police in 2006 kicked
off Project Safe Way -- a police/resident partnership
aimed at cutting down on problems like speeding in
Lain said the program is one more way to address the
problem, and he believes the small cost the Sheriff's
Department will incur mailing letters is a good