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Excessive Speeders
(August 25, 2005)

Speeding Vehicles: A Dangerous Epidemic

        One of the most common complaints received by Enforcement Commander Major Randy Werden is complaints of speeding vehicles.  Major Werden routinely sends out notices to Road Division Deputies of particular areas where citizens request extra enforcement.  Where are Sheriff's Deputies catching drivers speeding the fastest?  Records for speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour were researched for the last 24 months, and the results paint the picture of the severity of the speeding epidemic. Violators paid fines to the tune of around $190.00:

  • Deputy Wray                US31 @ 550E    101/55    08-15-05    1353
  • Deputy Hamilton           US31 @ 550E    101/55    08-11-05    0349
  • Deputy Gordon             SR37 @ 800N    101/55    07-02-05    2255
  • Deputy Walters             SR37 @ 800N    102/55    04-17-05    1446
  • Deputy Witherington     SR252 @ 325E   101/55    02-26-05    0053
  • Deputy Wolfe               SR37 @ 700N    116/55    02-25-05    1743
  • Sergeant Wilson            SR135 @ 100N    101/55    02-15-05    1440
  • Deputy Corliss              SR37 @ 900N      104/55    01-23-05    0901
  • Deputy Blankenship      SR252 W 325E     115/55    10-28-04    2043
  • Deputy Wolfe               I-65 @ 98MM       103/65    08-21-04    0150
  • Deputy Wolfe               SR37 @ 800N       100/55    08-01-04    1236
  • Deputy Wolfe               SR37 @ 1000N     101/55    08-08-04    1823
  • Deputy Blankenship      SR37 @ 700N       100/55    05-02-04    0640
  • Lieutenant Pickett         SR135 @ 300S      112/55    04-25-04    1220
  • Deputy Wolfe               I-65 @ 94MM       107/65    04-12-04    0256
  • Deputy R. Bartlett        US31 @ 150S        102/55    02-09-04    1005
  • Deputy Wolfe              SR37 @ 1100N      102/55    10-25-03    0409

                   County residents frustrated with speeding vehicles should understand that the Sheriff's Office is aware of the epidemic.  Using our limited manpower resources and juggling our many other duties and responsibilities, the Sheriff's Office does everything it can do to get a handle on the dangerous motorists.  Sheriff Terry McLaughlin has recently authorized a Special Patrol Assignment which has placed five extra deputies in School Zones for the last two weeks.  These deputies have wrote dozens of tickets and warnings to motorists exceeding the posted speed limit in the lowered zones.  In other efforts, the Sheriff's Office has a Speed Radar Trailer that is taken to different locations weekly throughout the county.  This unit displays the speed of passing motorists on a large display board to call their attention to their driving habits.  The device also is equipped with a computer that collects the data of the vehicles which pass it and present a comprehensive report of the speeds collected, indicating target times when Sheriff's Deputies need to pay the closest attention to the area for speeding cars.  If you wish to have the speed trailer set-up near your residence and you live in an unincorporated area of Johnson County, call and speak with Major Randy Werden at 317-736-9155 or email him at RWERDEN@co.johnson.in.us

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