FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Police Department has begun its Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), increasing its presence in enforcing important traffic safety laws in the Framingham community.
Based on the availability of federal funds, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security/Office of Grants and Research (EOPSS/OGR) will award Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grants totaling approximately $980,000 to and 16 selected police departments for enhanced traffic enforcement in their communities.
The funds are made available to EOPSS from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The STEP grant will help these departments maximize the effect of sustained, high-visibility, traffic enforcement, and reduce fatalities and injuries on Massachusetts roadways.
Framingham will receive a grant of up to $54,000 to ensure adequate overtime coverage on streets and intersections with a history of traffic violations.
Last year, the Framingham police department made 1300 traffic stops and issued over 1300 citations for traffic violations that included speeding, drunk driving, crosswalk and stopping violations, texting and seat belt use.
“High-visibility enforcement is a proven deterrent to bad driving behavior,” said Police Chief Steve Trask “and we look forward to continuing our traffic safety efforts with the assistance of this year’s STEP grant.”
This campaign runs through September 15, 2020.