Lewiston police receive grant to combat speeding


LEWISTON — Summer blockbusters like the high-octane action flick “Fast Five” may encourage drivers to roll down the windows and test the limits of their accelerators, but it may not be such a good idea in Lewiston: The city’s Police Department has received a $5,000 grant from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety to combat speeding.

The grant will allow the department to put extra patrols on the road with the sole purpose of stopping speeders, especially around this coming weekend and Memorial Day, Sgt. Danny LaChance said. The grant-funded speed patrols will continue throughout the summer.

Lewiston police field frequent complaints about speeders, especially from smaller, more residential areas where children and pets may be on or near roads, LaChance said.