Bangor police receive grant to target speeders, seat belt violations

Posted May 04, 2011, at 10:28 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Police Department has been awarded $5,000 from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety and could receive $2,000 more within the coming weeks to beef up patrols aimed at curbing speeders and motorists who violate seat belt rules.

The funds will be used to pay overtime associated with added police coverage through the spring, summer and fall of this year, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards announced in a post on the department’s Facebook Page.

The department has participated in this nationwide campaign for the past several years and wants the public to know that officers will be diligently enforcing these laws over the course of the next several months.

Between now and mid-September, the department will add an estimated 185 hours’ worth of extra details in search of violators, Edwards said. These details will take the form of safety and seat belt checkpoints in order to check for compliance and additional radar enforcement.

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