Grant funds provide extra road patrol this summer


WILTON — The Wilton Police Department has received nearly $8,000 in grant funds from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety to conduct traffic enforcement efforts on the town’s local highways.

Throughout the summer, Wilton officers will enforce Maine’s traffic laws strictly, with emphasis on seatbelt enforcement, speed enforcement and OUI laws.

“The Bureau of Highway Safety has funneled over a half million dollars to 78 Maine police departments, including State Police, to help fund additional overtime patrols this summer,” according to Steve McClausland spokesman for the Maine State Police in a recent newsletter.

The Wilton Police Department will use saturated patrols and traffic safety checkpoints to carry out this mission. The police department’s goal is to reduce the number of traffic crashes and fatalities they have seen on the town’s highways over the past year.

As a result of those traffic crashes, Wilton Police will concentrate their efforts on Routes 2&4 but will also patrol other roads as well. Their efforts on Routes 2&4 will be within the reduced speed zones, which consists of East Wilton, Burgess Hill and East Dixfield.