CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—The Clinton County Sheriff's Office is targeting State Road 26 in an effort to reduce traffic injuries and fatal crashes with increased traffic enforcement. Although in doing so they've run into other things.
"You're connecting two metropolitan cities,” said Clinton County Sheriff, Rich Kelly. “Kokomo and Lafayette.”
Since 2007 there have been 10 fatalities on State Road 26. With heightened patrols, there have been zero this year.
Clinton County Sheriff Rich Kelly said the goal is to get traffic under control.
"It is a high volume of traffic on that roadway,” said Kelly.
While increasing police presence, deputies have run into other revelations.
"For those traffic stops when they occur it's not just a speeding ticket,” said Kelly.
There have been multiple arrests due to possession of marijuana. Recently two people were arrested for possession of 17 grams of cocaine.
Deputy Jon Greiner patrols State Road 26 often and said it can be a problem.
"It's a ripe environment sometimes for criminal activity,” said Greiner.
Greiner said often times he has made traffic stops and discovered more than just a traffic violation.
"Out of basic traffic enforcement sometimes we do get some sort of narcotics or drug arrest,” said Greiner.
Because of high police presence, Sheriff Kelly said it's harder for drivers to get away with illegal drugs.
"They are looking beyond just the traffic stops and making sure that they are following all of the laws,” said Kelly. “Not just traffic. But the criminal laws as well."
With the help of other local agencies, Sheriff Kelly said the goal is to continue decreasing fatal crashes on State Road 26 along with the criminal activity.
The sheriff said they hope to introduce K-9's in the next couple of months to help with their efforts.