Lawrence police launch traffic enforcement campaign along Pendleton Pike to reduce speeding, crashes

Posted at 5:33 PM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 20:13:29-04

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, Ind. -- Lawrence police are hoping to reduce the number of deadly crashes along Pendleton Pike by cracking down on speeding drivers.

Police say seven people have been killed in accidents on the roadway since January 2016, and two others were almost killed.

Dessa Kay Harris has been living along Pendleton Pike for more than 20 years. She said she’s seen a lot of bad drivers pass by her house in that time and she’s glad police are taking action.

“Nobody watches what they do when they’re driving,” said Harris. “It’s not about writing a bunch of tickets; it’s about just getting people to slow down.”

Lawrence police are partnering with the Indiana State Police, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s office to flood Pendleton Pike with officers.

Police say the focus of their increased patrols is to save lives.

“(We) noticed some common themes in the crashes,” said Lawrence Police Dept. Chief David Hofmann. “(Things like) excessive speed, failure to yield a right of way, disregarding traffic signals and seat belt usage, are the common ones.”

Police say the biggest part of the enforcement campaign will take place through Friday, but they plan to have increased patrols along Pendleton Pike throughout the summer.