Police Chiefs Calls Traffic Initiative a Success

eastham police1EASTHAM – A program which banded together the Lower Cape’s police departments to crack down and measure traffic violations on Route 6 has come to a close.

The first Lower Cape Traffic Initiative, funded by a $30,000 state grant procured by Representative Sarah Peake, manned officers from Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet and Eastham on overtime as they concentrated on enforcing speeding, aggressive driving, texting and OUI infractions.

The goal was not only to decrease incidents of these offenses through increased police presence, but also to study these incidents and improve communications between Lower Cape departments.

Eastham police Chief Ed Kulhawik said he feels that’s exactly what was accomplished.

“People really liked the fact that they had a real good visibility of officers from the varying communities,” he said. “It really slowed down the traffic as it moved through, and the entire Lower Cape area did not have one single fatality.”

The Eastham department controlled the finances and placement of the officers involved, and acted as a sort of billing system using the allotted money.

Kulhawik said, overall, he believes it was a safer summer than last year, although he added that parts of his analysis are subjective to the accidents and incidents he’s been exposed to.

However successful the initiative was, it is likely to occur again next summer. Kulhawik confirmed that the project has been renewed another $30,000 from the state.

The Outer Cape Traffic Initiative will continue operating through Columbus Day Weekend.

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