Starting tomorrow, troopers in 6 states will target traffic violations to catch criminals

State troopers in six states are kicking off a 72 hour high volume traffic enforcement effort on Thursday in an attempt to catch criminals.

The Six-State Trooper Project will be taking place March 11 — 13 in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

During the enforcement effort, drivers can expect to see a larger number of state police conducting traffic stops “with a primary focus on criminal interdiction.”

Indiana State Police explain why law enforcement will focus on traffic violations in an attempt to nab lawbreakers:

Why target traffic violations to catch criminals? Troopers understand that the criminal element by and large operates in a mobile environment. Criminals regularly must navigate our roadways while moving from point A to point B. By conducting large scale coordinated road patrols such as the Six-State Trooper Project, we effectively create a bigger net for law enforcement to work. We achieve safer roadways through increased traffic enforcement, with an overall commitment to creating safer communities by getting criminals off the streets.

Indiana State Police are encouraging drivers who observe high-risk driving behavior, suspect impaired driving, or suspect criminal activity to call 911, or call directly to state police.