Cass County Traffic Safety Partnership


Cass County has a lot of drivers. While it may not be as many as some other counties, we still have a considerable amount. One mistake driving in Cass County could cause the loss of life in a car accident. With the snow melting the roads will be slippery and can make drivers skid and lids if they are not careful enough driving. There are also a lot of irresponsible drivers out there. These irresponsible drivers do stupid things like passing in a no-passing zone and driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. This is why the Cass County Traffic Safety Partnership is being formed.
The Cass County Traffic Safety Partnership is a partnership of Logansport Police Department officers and Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputies. They will work overtime to make sure the roads are safe from aggressive driving, reckless driving, intoxicated driving, or drivers under the influence of drugs. According to Joe Nies, a detective at the Cass County Sheriff’s office, crash rates have gone up. Young men are the most likely to engage in unsafe driving before a crash. A main cause of some of the crashes include failing to yield the right of way and following too closely or changing lanes in an unsafe manner. The campaign is funded by National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration grants and overseen by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Its purpose is to reduce the amount of crashes and to promote safe driving. Indiana Criminal Justice Initiative Executive Director Devon McDonald has said Indiana has experienced more car crashes this year than seen in a decade and it does not appear to be getting any better. In Indiana Aggressive driving can earn drivers a class A misdemeanor with up to a year in jail and a five thousand dollar fine. Reckless driving can earn drivers a Class B misdemeanor with up to 180 days in jail and a thousand dollar fine. Operating a vehicle while intoxicated can carry a misdemeanor with a 5,000 fine or a year in jail. Alcohol and drug use, distracted driving, speeding and not using a seatbelt as major contributors to the rising number of traffic fatalities. By using extremely aggressive driving enforcement, they hope to help prevent accidents before they happen to keep us safe. The Cass County Traffic Safety Partnership says you should call 911 if you see any aggressive or reckless drivers on the road.
I believe this is a great idea. As I am driving I constantly see unsafe driving practices. When I was driving I almost got into a wreck because a car passed me in a no-passing zone. It scared my dad and I half to death. Another case I have seen, and that was mentioned when the partnership was made, was people going before they should at a stop sign. Unsafe drivers don’t just affect themselves; they affect every driver around them. This is why I hope this partnership helps keep unsafe drivers off the road to keep the rest of us safe.

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