Friday, December 15, 2000
More speeders stopped, fined by new traffic cop
The latest move in Carlisle police chief David Galvin's war on speeders came this past week as a selective enforcement officer was added to the daily roster. The officer is assigned full time to traffic monitoring and enforcement and is free to cruise the town roads as needed. The success of the program was demonstrated this first week by 30 vehicle stops, with fines netting the town's general fund $1,400.
Galvin instituted the program to gain control of the increased traffic and the even greater numbers of vehicles expected to divert through Carlisle when construction on the Route 3 widening project begins early next year. Earlier this fall Galvin doubled the time each regular control officer is required to spend on monitoring traffic. Unless other priorities intervene, each officer is required to spend two hours on directed activity per shift, one hour monitoring traffic on a primary road and one hour on a secondary road, at locations usually selected in response to traffic complaints. The police activity summary, which accompanies the police log, has reflected the sharp rise in traffic stops since the increased monitoring was initiated.
The addition of a special enforcement officer will cost about $20,000 per year. Funds for this come out of the police budget, but Galvin expects the expense to be covered by anticipated revenues from traffic fines.
When a non-specific complaint about speeding traffic is received at the station, it is referred to Sergeant Kevin Cardonne, who manages the directed activity program. If a caller witnesses and reports a specific traffic violation and provides a license plate number, the police will attempt to locate the owner and determine who was operating the vehicle. The witness will then be asked to accompany police to a hearing before a judge. Police cannot prosecute a violation that has not been witnessed.
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