Area police agencies conduct special patrols

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The first of what is expected to be several police details aimed to curb underage drinking took place over the weekend.

Although no underage parties were found in the Rumford, Dixfield and Mexico area, Mexico police Sgt. Roy Hodsdon said several OUI arrests of young adults, and several other violations were made.

“The Sheriff’s Department, Rumford, Dixfield, state police were out in full force,” Hodsdon said.

Dixfield police Chief Richard Pickett said all was quiet in his town Saturday night. Rumford police Chief Stacy Carter said the same.

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“It was a pretty slow night. No parties,” Carter said.

He said similar extra patrols will be assigned from now through the end of June.

“This is when we find an increase in drinking by high school and college students,” he said.

Pickett said Maine State Police organized the special underage drinking details. Funds came from a grant from the River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition.

A highway safety grant from the Maine Department of Public Safety will also provide funds for special details to check for safety belt use, speeding and operating under the influence.

Rumford received $8,511 for such details, Carter said. Dixfield received $13,332, which includes a federal match, and Mexico received$3,920 for operating under the influence and safety belt special details.

Special roadblocks as well as special police details will take place from now until after Labor Day in September.

eadams@sunjournal.com

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