Starting Sunday Indiana State Police will be participating in a program to deter unsafe driving behavior by passenger vehicle and commercial motor vehicle drivers when they interact on the roadway. Indiana State Police say the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's “Ticket Aggressive Cars and Trucks”, or TACT campaign, uses education and high visiblity traffic enforcement to reduce the number of crashes, and will specifically look for motorists who drive dangerously around semi trucks and other commerical motor vehicles. Some of the violations troopers will be concentrating on include: unsafe lane changes, failure to yield the right of way, following too closely and aggressive driving. In many crashes involving commercial motor vehicles, the crash is caused by non-commercial drivers operating in an unsafe manner. The campaign runs through June 8th.
Indiana State Police encourage all drivers to follow these safety tips when driving around commercial motor vehicles:
• Allow plenty of space between you and the commercial motor vehicle. Drivers should allow one car length between their vehicle and the commercial motor vehicle for every 10 mph of travel or follow at least three to four seconds behind the semi.
• Stay out of the truck driver’s blind spot. If you can’t see the mirrors on the truck, the driver can’t see you.
• Always make safe lane changes around commercial motor vehicles. Use signals and leave plenty of space between you and the truck. It can take over 500 feet for a fully loaded truck going 65 mph to come to a complete stop.
• Always yield the right of way to commercial motor vehicles.
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Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer announced today that he will deliver the annual “State of the City Address later this month and the public is invited. Mayor Meer is schedule to deliver the address on Tuesday, May 21st, at 6:30pm, at the Michigan City Common Council Meeting in City Hall. For those unable to attend, a copy of the “State of the City” will be posted on the City of Michigan City website, http://www.emichigancity.com/cityhall/mayor/.
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A TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK MESSAGE FROM GLENDA TO EDUCATORS:
Educators of Indiana,
In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, I wanted to take time to thank you for all that you do for the children and communities of Indiana. As a fellow classroom teacher, I know of the many hours you devote to your profession.
Albert Einstein once said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Teaching is both a science and an art; it takes both to inspire students to learn.
Enjoy you time with students…your brief moments with them can make lasting impressions.
I chose the theme “Imagining the possibilities. Making them happen” for my tenure because of what you do everyday in the classroom. Our focus for the next four years will be about positive approaches that will impact teaching and learning…sharing the great things you do in your schools! We will empower each other to provide what we know is best for our students.
Together, we will imagine the possibilities, and make them happen!
Know that you are appreciated.
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction
Valparaiso Teachers Association and the Valparaiso Community Schools present State Superintendent of Public Education, Glenda Ritz (r) with flowers.
State Superintendent of Public Education, Glenda Ritz addresses a "standing room" only audience during the meet and greet at Valparaiso Community Schools Administration Building on Wednesday.
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz, emphasizes the point that there needs to be alternatives to the ISTEP and IREAD programs as well as rules to hold back students
(photos courtesy of Jay Stevens)
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(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
After 35 years with the National Park Service, the current Superintendent of the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore says its time to move on. Costa Dillon announced he will retire this August, and says while it will not be easy to leave, he does so with the confidence that the excellent people who work at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and those in the community who support the park, will continue to preserve and protect it for generations to come. Dillon says since 1978, he has worked in over a dozen parks in ten states, with temporary assignments in more than 30 different parks, and as had the priviledge of representing the National Parks Service in assisgnments in four other countries. Dillon has been Superintendent of the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore since 2007.
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