Barnstable Town Council Accepts Traffic Safety Grant Funding

Barnstable Town Hall.

HYANNIS – Barnstable Town Council recently approved a grant to allow for increased police patrols in selected “hot spots” to improve traffic safety.

The $17,800 grant will increase the police presence in areas with the highest rates of crashes and injuries to help deter impaired or un-belted drivers.

Eligibility was determined using crash data from two data collection tools utilized by the state – the Massachusetts Traffic Records Analysis Center and the Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety.

The goal of the patrols is to decrease serious injuries, failure to yield incidences, and distracted driving citations by 10 percent, along with increasing seatbelt use and decreasing the number of following too close crashes by 5 percent.

“The grant award will be expended on overtime to conduct enforcement on seven locations that have been chosen,” said Barnstable Police Sgt. Jennifer Ellis.

The increased patrol areas include Route 28 at the intersections of Bearse’s Way, Phinney’s Lane, Old Stage Road and Lumbert Mill Road, and Route 132 at the intersections of Bearse’s Way and Route 6A, along with South County Road.

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