Dec 7, 2017–Putnamville—This afternoon, troopers from the Putnamville Post again utilized aircraft for their speed enforcement efforts.
Indiana State Police Sergeant Lee Wright, from the ISP Aviation Section, piloted his Cessna 172 Skyhawk to the Putnamville District, and joined forces with Putnamville District officers, Lieutenant Dan Jones, Sergeant Jared Nicoson, and Troopers Mike Laney, Brad Fyfe, Courtland Woodruff, and Erik Smith.
Patrolling high above SR 63 in northern Vermillion County, Sgt. Wright would detect speeding vehicles below, utilizing his VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder) and a set of pre-determined painted lines on the roadways edge. Sgt. Wright would then radio the units below and guide them to the target vehicle to ensure the correct vehicle was stopped for enforcement action.
During the three hour period, 2pm to 5pm, troopers issued (14) traffic citations (11 for speeding) and (22) warnings. The highest speed of the afternoon was 85mph in a 60mph zone. This is the fourth time in recent weeks that the Putnamville District has been the beneficiary of ISP aircraft assistance.
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