LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - State police said they are seeing an improvement in the industry that's been rocked by hot trucks.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Rich Kelly said a new law implemented last year is changing the mindset of drivers.
"The driver as well as the company are held responsible under state statute for the temperatures of foods and the product that's transported as well as the cross contamination that could occur," Kelly said.
He said most companies transporting food are educating themselves on state laws.
"Most of the companies are great," Kelly said. "They educate themselves for the most part because it does cost a lot of money when these trucks are stopped."
"The word will get out and hopefully we'll see a decrease in the hot trucks that are coming through Tippecanoe County and hopefully around the state," Tippecanoe County Health Department Administrator Ron Cripe said.
Cripe said word is going through the industry that State police and the health department aren't messing around.
The health department inspects all 650 restaurants in the county that could possibly be on the receiving end. Twice a year restaurants get an unannounced visit from inspectors.
"We do have a civil penalty in place for restaurants which has had a really serious, good impact," Cripe said.
What are they doing this summer to stop hot trucks?
Investigators said they're looking for hot trucks, even food in the back of passenger cars. They add consumers have be vigilant about where they're eating too.
"To the consumer you absolutely have to understand and know where you're going to eat and realize that some of the food out there is dangerous," Kelly said.
"You've got to use your own judgment, but hopefully if you know that you're here in Tippecanoe County we're going to do the best we can," Cripe said.
Inventions were built by Purdue mechanical engineering students for a final class project.
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly has traveled around the state throughout the week talking with workers at automotive plants.
A man wanted for burglary and theft has been found thanks to an anonymous tip.