PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Presque Isle Police Department is awash in more than $10,000 in state funding after being on the receiving end of three grants.
Sgt. Joey Seeley said Thursday the first grant — a $5,000 award from the state Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Highway Safety — would be used to keep drunken drivers off the streets.
“This is going to help us by allowing us to put extra officers out there so we can do more to prevent drunk driving,” he said Thursday.
The money will allow such enforcement details to take place from the beginning of May through the end of September.
On the heels of that grant came another $2,000 from the state Bureau of Highway Safety to participate in the nationwide “Buckle Up — No Excuses!” seat belt enforcement campaign. The grant will allow the Police Department to better enforce seat belt laws while providing education to the public about the importance of buckling up.
Officers will conduct a seat belt awareness campaign at random locations around the city using the grant to pay for additional staffing.
The final grant award is a multiyear bestowal from the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The $5,700 in funding will allow the Presque Isle Police Department to enforce state rules and regulations on all-terrain vehicle trails.
Presque Isle patrols the ATV trails within its jurisdiction.
“We will be working with the Star City ATV Club on this,” Seeley said Thursday. “This will be going on all summer, and we have really found that the details and the education provided by the club and by us have helped to get riders to slow down and follow all of the rules.”