Dennis Police awarded grant for bike and pedestrian safety

DENNIS – To help make sharing the road in Dennis a safer place for pedestrians and bicyclists, the Dennis Police Department was recently awarded a $3,000 grant by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) Highway Safety Division from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The funding comes from approximately $280,000 specifically provided to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety in the Commonwealth.  Dennis is one of 71 police departments to receive part of this funding.

According to the Massachusetts Traffic Records Analysis Center (MassTRAC), there have been 320 fatal injuries and 3,456 serious or incapacitating injuries sustained by pedestrians in motor-vehicle crashes from 2008 to 2012. During the same time frame, bicyclists sustained 1,106 serious or incapacitating injuries and 43 fatal injuries as a result of motor-vehicle crashes.

Grantees will pay for enforcement and decoy patrols, breakaway signs and crosswalk reflective tape.  The combination of enforcement techniques and equipment will help the department analyze and crack down on drivers, pedestrians and cyclists who do not share the road appropriately, so no one puts themselves or others in harm’s way.

The Dennis Police Department, in partnership with EOPSS, recognizes that traffic crashes are preventable and is committed to using this grant to reduce the number of motor-vehicle-related fatalities and injuries involving pedestrians and bicyclists in Dennis.

Media release furnished by Dennis Police

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