SHREWSBURY – The Shrewsbury Police Department has received a $34,953.59 grant, which will fund six traffic campaigns among other efforts.
The grant is from the Municipal Road Safety Grant Program, which is made available through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
In December, Shrewsbury police began the winter impaired driving campaign. In a release, department leaders said they will assign officers to the remaining five campaigns throughout the year. These campaigns target distracted driving, click it or ticket, speeding in June and July and summer impaired driving.
In addition, the department will assign officers to four crosswalk/pedestrian safety campaigns.
As part of these assignments, officers will wear plainclothes and use crosswalks. If they see vehicles that fail to yield for pedestrians in the crosswalks, they will contact a uniformed officer in a cruiser to stop the vehicles for violations.
The traffic enforcement and crosswalk campaigns will consist of officers who will focus on these efforts.
The Shrewsbury police also plans to utilize part of the grant funding to purchase another radar speed sign, which would be used to conduct traffic studies and alert drivers to slow down.
Bicycle safety equipment will also be purchased with a small portion of the funds. The equipment will be distributed to children at the next bicycle safety course.