Are Drones Being Admitted To Be Rolled Out Soon In Indiana?
The following is extracted from the article linked above:
The overall Indiana picture is of a state with substantial and varied ties to a robotics revolution that is already transforming war and may soon do the same for law enforcement and domestic surveillance. While elected officials like Senator Bayh and institutions like Purdue University celebrate Indiana’s drone connections as an economic victory in a competition to bring some of the billions of dollars in robotic combat spending to local communities, activists like CODEPINK’s Perdue see no reason to celebrate. “It breaks my heart to see what we are doing in Indiana to sustain a form of warfare that both causes civilian deaths and creates problems for the U.S. in terms of our global image,” she says
If you think I’m crazy then check out this article from the Washington Times where they announce the fact that 30,000 drones could be in the nation’s skies by 2020
On Tuesday June 26th 2012 a local White County Indiana newspaper (Herald Journal) reported on the Indiana State Police is to start a crash reduction effort. All though the local newspaper doesn’t appear to have a link online for me to link to I have included a scanned image of the front page of the paper distributed that day and have found the resource in which it appears they had gotten there information from here at the Indiana dot gov website.
In the (Herald Journal) the following is the extracted article that was published on June 26, 2012 as seen in the pictured image below:
ISP starts crash reduction effort
State police to utilize education, ticketing to reduce fatal wrecks.
By Scott Allen
The Indiana State Police announced Thursday the launch of a crash reduction enforcement program through increased traffic violation enforcement.
The ISP plans do deploy special enforcement vehicles and aircraft patrols with the goal of reducing the deaths caused by vehicle crashes.
“We are steadfast in our commitment to minimize the number of crashes that injure and kill people on our roadways and will use all tools and enforcement method? at our ‘disposal to stop such needless tragedies,” said ISP Superintendent Dr. Paul Whitesell.
Efforts in previous years have been successful, a result of what the state police refer to as the “three E’s:” enforcement, engineering and education.
Consistent, aggressive enforcement of the state’s traffic laws contributes to more responsible driving, because drivers want to avoid being pulled over and ticketed. In fact, trends between July 2008 and March 2012 show that the number of crashes decreases the more state police make enforcement contact with drivers.
Engineering refers to ongoing improvement reflected in the engineering of roads and vehicles which offer more protection for occupants.
The third E points to media stories about crashes, public safety announcements, and training programs geared toward new and younger drivers.
The ISP reports that so far in 2012, the number of urban crashes has decreased but rural crashes and deaths are on the rise.
After analyzing the trends, there’s no, clear pattern for the locations of fatal crashes. The ISP reports they’re seeing random fatal crashes occurring in unpredictable locations.
But what did become clear are the factors for rural crash deaths: driving off the right edge of the road, failure to yield right of way and disregarding traffic signals, unsafe speed and driving left of center.
Historically, those factors mostly arise from inexperienced drivers, fatigued or distracted drivers, other passengers or eating and drinking while driving.
Because of all the trends involved, Indiana State Police troopers will use a combination of marked and unmarked patrol cars to embark on an aggressive traffic violation enforcement program.
Unmarked cars will include stealth patrol vehicles like Ford Mustangs, aircraft patrols and ISP vehicles that look like INDOT trucks.
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As you can see I have highlighted the areas that where of concern to me almost indicated the roll out of Drones in Indiana, although it is not with that exact term. What is being said in the article is “aircraft patrols”. As you can see in the highlighted areas.
Here is the exact article found at Indiana dot Gov:
[ISP] State Police Launch Crash Reduction Enforcement Program
Start Date: 6/14/2012 End Date: 6/14/2012
State Police Launch Crash Reduction Enforcement Program;
Special Enforcement Vehicles and Aircraft Patrols
All Across Indiana – Reducing traffic fatalities on Indiana’s urban and rural roads has been a consistent objective of the Indiana State Police and until this year success has been achieved with year after year reductions in deaths caused by traffic collisions. In large part the success has been the result of what is frequently referred to as the three ‘E’s’; Enforcement, Engineering and Education. The ‘enforcement’ part of the three ‘E’s’ is self explanatory; consistent aggressive enforcement of Indiana’s traffic laws contributes to more responsible driving so as to avoid being pulled over and cited for a traffic violation. The ‘engineering’ component reflects the ongoing improvement reflected in better engineered roads and better engineered vehicles which offer more protection for occupants. And finally, but very important, is the ‘education’ part of the three ‘E’s’. Education comes in many forms; from the print, TV or radio story about local crashes, to public safety announcements that educate citizens about aspects of risky as well as safe driving behaviors. Education also includes training and programs geared toward new and younger drivers to better prepare them to handle a vehicle responsibly.
As 2012 has progressed the number of urban crashes is slightly lower but the number of rural crashes and deaths has increased. The Indiana State Police has analyzed this trend, and unlike the past, no clear pattern of location for these fatal crashes is materializing. What we see are random fatal crashes occurring in unpredictable locations. What did materialize though are the factors resulting in these senseless rural crash deaths. They are: 1) Driving off the right edge of the road; 2) Failure to yield the right of way and disregarding traffic signals; 3) Unsafe speed; and 4) Driving left of center. Historically, these violations are associated with inexperienced drivers or drivers that are fatigued or distracted by an array of electronic devices, other passengers or eating and drinking beverages while driving.
Another interesting observation was the correlation between the numbers of Indiana State Police traffic contacts (tickets or warnings) issued as compared to the number of reported traffic crashes from all police agencies across Indiana. From July 2008 through March of 2012 when the number of state police traffic enforcement contacts decreased there was an increase in the number of crashes and when the number of state police enforcement contacts increased the number of crashes showed a decrease in the same time frame.
In an effort to stop the escalation of traffic crash deaths, the state police are embarking on an aggressive traffic violation enforcement program. This program will use a combination of marked and traditional unmarked patrol cars, as well as non-traditional stealth patrol vehicles inclusive of Ford Mustangs, aircraft patrols and state police vehicles that look like INDOT work trucks that will concentrate their enforcement efforts near construction zones.
The Superintendent of the Indiana State Police, Dr. Paul Whitesell, commented, “We are steadfast in our commitment to minimize the number of crashes that injure and kill people on our roadways and will use all tools and enforcement methods at our disposal to stop such needless tragedies.”
Notice that the sub headline says “Special Enforcement Vehicles and Aircraft Patrols” instead of “State police to utilize education, ticketing to reduce fatal wrecks” as written by Scott Allen at the Herald Journal.
If you don’t think that Indiana has any part in even making drones then check this out:
Through countless Freedom of Information Act requests, IU-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Law professor Fran Quigley said he has gleaned enough information to create a portrait of Indiana as a backdrop for research, development and manufacture of robotic warfare weaponry.
“It’s hard to get straight answers back,” Quigley said in his speech. “Robotic Warfare in the Heartland.”
Quigley said his requests often turned up blank or sent him to a worthless destination. Finally, he discovered several connections to unmanned aerial vehicles production in the state.
Quigley presented these discoveries to an audience of more than 50 at the Monroe County Public Library.
Quigley’s main three points were that drone warfare is illegal, self-defeating and un-American.
Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, which is approximately 35 miles from Bloomington, has received and issued millions of dollars in contracts for drone development, Quigley said.
Terre Haute-based Indiana Air National Guard’s 181st Intelligence Wing analyzes data collected by drones flying over Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Indianapolis plant of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars manufactures the engine for the drone Global Hawk.
BPAC member Greg Nobleknott, who also attended the “Silent Screams” film screening Feb. 15 at the library, said he was surprised to learn that luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce was involved in drone production.
“They need to stop the demand for it,” Nobleknott said. “If you just stop one company, another will come and fill its place.”
In addition, West Lafayette-based Lite Machines Inc. has developed a mini-drone called the Voyeur for the U.S. Navy. It is connected with Purdue University.
Quigley said further record requests revealed a $500,000 contract between Purdue and the U.S. Air Force Academy to help with work in the Purdue Robot Vision Lab. More at:
Your would be amazed at the information that can be found just by googling “drones in indiana”
Fran Quigley Talks about Drones and Indiana’s connection to their research, development, and manufacture.