The Holyoke Police Department has begun its “Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program” (STEP), increasing its presence in enforcing important traffic safety laws in the Holyoke community. The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Highway Safety Division (EOPSS/HSD) awarded Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grants totaling $3,200,000 to the state police and fourteen selected police departments for enhanced traffic enforcement in their communities. The funds were 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. Holyoke will receive a grant of up to $150,000 as their individual award amount.
Specifically, more police officers will be out in the community on streets and intersections with a history of traffic violations, including speeding, drunk driving, crosswalk and stopping violations, texting and seat belt use. “Holyoke citizens should be aware, said Police Chief James Neiswanger, that there will be more officers out and that they are working hard to make roads and traffic intersections safer.” This campaign runs through the end of September 2015. For additional information, go to www.mass.gov/highwaysafety.