Eliot police get grants for compliance patrols


Wednesday, May 20, 2009
ELIOT, Maine The Police Department has received three grants that will be used to enforce seat belt, impaired driving, and speeding laws in the coming months.

The grants, which total $11,700 and were secured from the state Bureau of Highway Safety, will pay for overtime for officers who will patrol areas of town where the department receives the most complaints. Those areas will include Goodwin Road, State Road, and Route 236, according to Police Chief Ted Short.

The grant money is broken down as follows:

n $1,968 for "High Visibility Seat belt Education and Enforcement," in conjunction with the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign. Eliot police will monitor the public's voluntary compliance with wearing seat belts and take enforcement action when appropriate. The grant runs from May 18-31.

n $4,866 for "High Visibility Impaired Driving Enforcement." Eliot police will patrol roads to remove impaired drivers. The grant runs through Sept. 15.

n $4,866 for speed enforcement. Eliot police will enforce posted speed limits. The grant runs through Sept. 15.

Short said the efforts will keep the roads safer, at no cost to the town.