Friday, September 15, 2006
Traffic grant has big payoff
The final mobilization of the Click It or Ticket, You Drink & Drive You Lose Campaign conducted by the Carlisle Police Department between August 18 and September 4, had unexpected dividends. Out of 56 traffic stops for various traffic violations, 54 citations were issued and 49 of those were for speeding. Officer Andy Booth, who has been coordinating the grant activity, states that the Governor's Highway Safety Bureau grant money funded 20 extra patrol hours. Fines associated with the citations go into the town's general fund. Booth says that the grant will be available again and that Carlisle Police Department will apply either later this year or early next year.
State money funds new
The Police Department also received $3,000 in state funds to be used for the purchase of new traffic equipment, Booth said. The department has already purchased a speed dolly, a device similar to a speed sign that can be posted in various parts of town "where speeding is an issue" according to Booth. The dolly is more versatile than the speed sign usually put out next to a cruiser because it can be placed where speed monitors could not be and does not require a cruiser. The sign will show the posted speed limit and will flash the oncoming vehicle's traveling speed.
The new dolly also has the capability to count the number of cars traveling in a given direction and the speeds at which they are traveling. This enables the Police Department to estimate the speed of travel on a given specified roadway. Booth says that residents who feel there is a speeding problem and would like the speed dolly in their neighborhood are encouraged to contact him at 1-978-369-1155. or by email at email@example.com.
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