Michigan State Police have started to increase enforcement on the Mackinac Bridge due to distracted drivers taking photos and videos while crossing the bridge. Troopers from the St. Ignace State Police Post have recently increased specific patrols of the Mackinac Bridge to target distracted and careless drivers. State Police say there has been a steady increase of videos found on internet sites showing drivers taking photos, filming video and doing many other activities other than focusing on controlling their vehicles. A recent focused enforcement detail resulted in several drivers contacted and educated on the dangers of distracted and careless driving. Troopers say these poor driving habitats are particularly dangerous on the bridge during construction season. Troopers will continue with focused enforcement of distracted and careless driving on the Mackinac Bridge and will take appropriate enforcement action to discourage these behaviors. Troopers would like to remind the public that the law prohibits drivers from operating their vehicles in a careless or negligent manner likely to endanger any person or property. This would include a driver taking photographs or video while traversing the bridge. Additionally, Michigan law prohibits a driver from reading, manually typing, or sending a text message while driving.
The lip-syncing Indiana State Troopers have returned to the internet with a new viral hit. Video of the four cops rocking out to Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back in Town” from their golf cart while patrolling the Indiana State Fair emerged this week, a long-awaited reprise of last year's viral performance. Of course, their fans were already expecting a Part 2 after the team lip-synced to the Grease hit “Summer Nights” during the same state fair last year. “We weren’t going to do any videos this year, but everybody seemed to want us to do it so we decided to throw one together,” Trooper Jonathon Amburgey told InsideEdition.com. He said it didn’t take long for his group, consisting of troopers Brent Lemberg, Dustin Rutledge and Jon Cole, to pick a song. “We felt like it fit perfectly since we’re all from different parts of the state,” Amburgey said. Although it took a while to for the four of them to get it perfectly, Amburgey explained it wasn’t much different than their daily routine. “We listen to Pandora and drive around and patrol,” he said. “Every day, it’s a different genre.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana on Sunday in Starr County. Responding to a request for assistance by U.S. Border Patrol at approximately 9:50 p.m. regarding possible drug trafficking activity, Texas Rangers and a DPS Criminal Investigations Division Agent responded to the area of Blanca Road in Rio Grande City. The driver of the 1994 Jeep Laredo abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, but was apprehended by DPS. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 30 bundles of Marijuana, totaling 343 pounds, worth an estimated over $2 million, in the rear cargo area.
Congratulations! to the Georgia State Patrol for being voted the 2017 America’s Best Looking Cruiser.
This is the second year back to back that the Georgia State Patrol has received the honors and will be the
cruiser featured on the cover of the “2018 America’s Best Looking Cruiser Calendar”.
The contest received almost 300,000 “likes” and reached 2.2 million people. Thank you to everyone who participated to make this year’s contest a success.
The 2017 top 13 finalists are listed below.
1st Georgia State Patrol
2nd West Virginia State Police
3rd Minnesota State Patrol
4th Tennessee Highway Patrol
5th North Carolina State Highway Patrol
6th Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
7th Kentucky State Police
8th Oregon State Police
9th Delaware State Police
10th Massachusetts State Police
11th Ohio State Highway Patrol
12th Michigan State Police
13th Pennsylvania State Police
The 2018 Calendars will be available to purchase at www.statetroopers.org beginning October 1, 2017.
Watch for the announcement on the AAST Facebook page.
Net proceeds of the calendar sales will benefit the American Association of State Troopers Foundation that provides educational scholarship to dependents of member troopers.