What's Happening at The Porter County Sheriff's
Rd 49 Crack Down
Police to crack down on Ind. 49
By Ken Kosky| Tuesday, March 31, 2009
VALPARAISO | The Porter County Sheriff's Department, Valparaiso
Police Department and Indiana State Police
have formed a task force to reduce crashes,
injuries and fatalities at Ind. 49 and
County Road 400 North (Vale Park Road).
The intersection has been the site of
several fatal crashes.
The Indiana Department of Transportation
recently installed flashing lights to warn
drivers on northbound and southbound Ind. 49
to reduce their speed in anticipation of the
Now, police are going to increase monitoring
of the intersection. They will periodically
conduct enforcement blitzes there.
"State troopers, Valparaiso and county
police officers are going to watch that area
very closely for both speeding and traffic
signal violations," Indiana State Police Lt.
Lou Brown said.
Brown is joined by Porter County Sheriff
David Lain and Valparaiso Police Chief
Michael Brickner in assigning extra
manpower at the intersection this spring.
This past fall, state police and Valparaiso
police put together a group of 14 officers
to swarm U.S. 30 and Ind. 49 after truckers
caused fatal crashes on both highways.
Together, they issued 79 tickets and
warnings in three hours.
Police said they caught people going as fast
as 80 mph and running the same red lights
where fatal crashes have occurred.