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LOWELL — Indiana State Police nabbed 11 drivers on alcohol or narcotics offenses during a Regionwide blitz in which troopers made 226 traffic stops in a two-day period, according to a department news release.

The "Illiana Blitz," a dual-state partnership that began 9 p.m. Friday, focused on increasing driver safety and awareness, as well as working to reducing traffic fatalities. Other agencies that participated included Illinois State Police, Hammond Police Department and the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.

Law enforcement concentrated its efforts on the Illinois roads near the Indiana state line — Interstate 294, Interstate 80/94 and Ill. 394. While local agencies monitored any roads in their jurisdictions that fed into these specific interstates.

Of the 226 traffic stops, Indiana State Police issued 140 speed citations or warnings and 10 alcohol-related violations, the release stated. Troopers also reported 21 crashes, 13 drivers with a suspended or revoked license and two seatbelt violations. 

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During the two-day blitz that ended 2 a.m. Sunday, seven vehicles were towed and one driver was stopped by state troopers for violating the Indiana's Move Over Law.

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Morning Cops/Breaking News Reporter

Olivia is the morning cops/breaking news reporter at The Times. She spends her time monitoring traffic and weather reports, scanning crime logs and reading court documents. The Idaho native and University of Idaho grad has been with The Times since 2019.