Local PDs in Dutchess receive funds to target aggressive drivers POUGHKEEPSIE -- Nearly $100,000 will be distributed to 14 law enforcement agencies and municipalities throughout the county to add more road patrols through the 2009 Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). The Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board allocates grant funding to support police patrols dedicated to targeting speeding and unsafe driving behaviors. “Target police patrols help make Dutchess County roadways safer for our residents and our visitors,” said County Executive William Steinhaus. “This funding will put more police officers out on the street to go after drivers whose aggressive actions may lead to serious accidents.” The Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board has appropriated $99,182 of grant funding made available through the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Dedicated patrols will be deployed throughout the year during those periods of time when the most crashes occur statistically. Included in the grant appropriations is $16,682 earmarked for the purchase of state of the art equipment to assist law enforcement with the detection and identification of violators. “Many of the motor vehicle crashes in our communities can be directly attributed to speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors. Having traffic enforcement details targeted to prevent this behavior has been extremely effective in reducing accidents,” said Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson. Law enforcement officers throughout Dutchess County will target high risk aggressive driving behaviors including speeding, red light running, failure to yield right of way, following too closely, and unsafe passing. The Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board is a coalition of law enforcement, education, health and service agencies and individuals appointed by the County Executive who committed to ensuring the streets, sidewalks, and residents remain safe.