Salem Public Safety Office & Twin Lakes PD announce speeding, seatbelt grants

The Town of Salem Public Safety Office and the Twin Lakes Police Department recently announced grant that will help those agencies crackdown on speeders and intensify seatbelt enforcement.

Both grants are from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Safety.

From a media release regarding the speeding enforcement grant:

speed-limit-45-sxc-Nicole-Kotschate-webThe funds may be used to pay for officers’ wages and to purchase new equipment for improved enforcement. The Town of Salem Public Safety Office, The Village of Twin Lakes Police Department and numerous agencies nationwide will be deploying Officers starting 04/08/16 through 09/30/16 to specifically enforce speeding violations. Speeding is prevalent and deadly in Wisconsin. In 2015 Wisconsin saw 18,389 speed-related accidents, which caused 7,828 injuries and 167 fatalities. Overall, there were fewer crashes than in the previous two years (20,887 in 2014 and 21,290 in 2013). However, more fatalities were attributed to speed-related crashes in 2015 (163 in 2014 and 156 in 2013), according to the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “We are striving to get drivers to comply voluntarily with the posted speed limits and other traffic laws in order to prevent crashes,” says David Shortess, the Town of Salem’s Director of Public Safety. “Our goal is not to write more speeding tickets. However, if voluntary compliance fails we will not hesitate to enforce speed limits and other traffic laws. A speeding ticket costs hundreds of dollars. But the real price you pay for exceeding speed limits is endangering your life and the lives of everyone else on the road.”

From a media release regarding the speeding enforcement grant:

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Photo by Antonio J. Sanchez via stock.xchng

The Town of Salem Public Safety Office and The Village of Twin Lakes Police Department will receive federally funded grant money from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Safety for intensified safety belt enforcement. The funds may be used to pay for officers’ wages and to purchase new equipment for improved safety belt enforcement. The Town of Salem Public Safety Office, The Village of Twin Lakes Police Department and numerous agencies nationwide will be deploying Officers starting 04/01/16 through 09/30/16 to specifically enforce the safety belt laws. Because of more stringent law enforcement and effective education, safety belt use now is at all-time high in Wisconsin. However, the state’s safety belt use rate of approximately 86 percent lags behind the national average of 88 percent. “Our safety belt enforcement goal is not to write more tickets but to save lives and prevent serious injuries,” says David Shortess, the Town of Salem’s Director of Public Safety. “We hope that people will voluntarily buckle up every time they drive or ride in a vehicle so we can reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero In Wisconsin. But if voluntary compliance fails, we’re fully prepared to take the appropriate enforcement action. Consistent safety belt use is the single most effective protection against being ejected from a vehicle or thrown around violently inside it during a crash. That’s why we’re so serious about safety belt enforcement.”

One Comment

  1. robert walski says:

    cant they find another way to gain revenue, more wanna be cops that’s the answer, I will not pull over for them only the sheriff not a public safety car and I don’t care if it is an old sheriffs car

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