Friday, December 10, 2004
Police grant allows traffic enforcement activities
The Carlisle Police Department was able to conduct 24 hours of patrol dedicated solely to traffic enforcement because of a grant from the Governor's Highway Safety Bureau and the executive office of Public Safety for the "Click It or Ticket" program. Between November 15 and November 28, police officers made 49 stops and issued 32 citations; they also racked up an approximate total of $800 in fines which will go to the town's general fund.
The grant activity, or mobilization, is divided into two parts. There will be two mobilizations for seat belt use and three mobilizations for the "You Drink and Drive, You Lose" program. The first of the "You Drink and Drive" actions is scheduled for December 17 through January 3, 2005. The extra patrols will be out on weekend nights instead of the four-hour shifts during the seat belt program.
Traffic Safety Officer Andy Booth applied for the $5,400 grant in October, and Carlisle was one of 265 Massachusetts towns awarded monies for this program. Approximately $900 is allocated for each mobilization, allowing the police to put on two extra officers for a 24-hour period.
Booth says that while two mobilizations are directed to seat belt enforcement and three are targeting OUI, citations may be made for other violations, such as speeding, when appropriate. Both the operator and passengers over six years old will be cited for not using a seat belt.
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