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Police to Increase Patrols as Mardi Gras, St. Paddy's Day, and NCAA Tournament Approach


Indiana fatalities are up 16% since the pandemic began

Indiana law enforcement agencies say roadway deaths continue to spike in the state. Now, police are taking an "all hands on deck" approach to reduce traffic deaths. WNIN's Sarah Kuper has more:

Last year, Indiana saw more traffic fatalities than it has seen in over a decade. That's according to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. The rate of roadway fatalities is up 16% since the beginning of the pandemic.

Statistics like that are what have Indiana law enforcement notifying the public about increased patrols over the next few weeks. Officers will show zero tolerance for anyone driving aggressively, over the speed limit or under the influence.

Officials say the timing of the increased patrols has to do with the growing crisis but specifically because the next few weeks include Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day and the NCAA tournament.

The increased, no tolerance patrols begin Thursday and will end March 21st.