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(La Porte County, IN) - An effort to reduce crashes on U.S. 20 in La Porte County yielded more than just traffic citations.


Several drivers, including one wanted for child molestation, were also taken into custody.


According to the La Porte County Sheriff's Office, law enforcement agencies from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming took part in the effort along stretches of U.S. 20 in each respective state.


The La Porte County Sheriff's Office took part in the effort because of the volume of crashes on the highway in its jurisdiction.


La Porte County Sheriff's deputies issued 42 tickets and 82 warnings for speeding and other traffic violations in the one-day effort on July 13.


Several arrests were also made for crimes such as operating while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license, never receiving a license, and possession of a controlled substance. One driver was held for authorities in Elkhart County, where that individual was wanted for child molesting, police said.


Capt. Derek Allen said the one-day event is over, but officers will continue to be visible on U.S. 20 and stop traffic violators to reduce crashes on the major highway.


"Motorists are encouraged to always drive distraction-free and adhere to all the traffic control devices," Capt. Allen said.

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