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New Porter County tip line is already having an impact on road safety


In its first weekend with the rebranding effort, which allows Porter County residents to report traffic problems on more than 800 miles of unincorporated county roads, the Porter County Sheriff’s Office received more than 30 tips through the new Safe Roads Project tab on the sheriff’s website. This compared to just 50 in all of 2023.

“It’s definitely increased a little bit,” said Sgt. Ben McFalls is the Porter County Sheriff’s public information officer. “It was covered in the past, but now it is covered on our website.”

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office app will also soon offer the Project Safe Roads tip option.

“As your Sheriff, it is very important to me to build relationships with all Porter County Citizens. One way to do this is to partner with our citizens on traffic safety,” Sheriff Jeffrey Balon said in a statement on Feb. 9. “Although our Patrol Officers actively investigate traffic violations, unfortunately they are not always “We can’t be everywhere.”

You can make a traffic complaint by visiting. www.portercountysheriff.com and click on the Safe Roads Project tab at the top of the site. This brings up a form for submission.

Patrol Commander Lt. Jason Praschak will either handle the complaint personally or assign him to the patrol division. If more information is needed, a representative from the agency will be contacted and targeted enforcement will then be assigned to the patrol division for the reported area.

McFalls explained that traffic problems had previously been reported under Submit a Report, but residents chose to use it for crime complaints. The new Project Safe Roads tab is working as intended due to complaints about traffic congestion, speeding, and drivers speeding past school buses stopped for children.

McFalls said the current high volume of calls will likely be handled by officers working overtime. Then, as problem areas are addressed and reduced, they should be able to be incorporated into regular patrol programs. Financing can be tracked through grant applications.

“Please remember, just because you can’t see us doesn’t mean we’re not there,” Balon said. “Many times, we will provide extra enforcement by using unmarked police vehicles or other means to monitor traffic.”

Shelley Jones is a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune.


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