Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced over $95,000 will be distributed to 14 law enforcement agencies/municipalities throughout the county to participate in the 2008 Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). The Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board allocates grant funding to support dedicated police patrols targeting speeding and unsafe driving behaviors.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “This program helps make Dutchess County roadways safer for our residents. Police officers will be out on the street targeting drivers whose aggressive actions may lead to serious accidents.”
The Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board has appropriated $76,000 of grant funding made available through the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Dedicated patrols will be deployed throughout the year during those periods of time when the most crashes occur statistically. Included in the grant appropriations is $19,645 earmarked for the purchase of state of the art equipment to assist law enforcement with the detection and identification of violators.
According to William Johnson, Administrator of the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board, law enforcement officers throughout Dutchess County will target high risk aggressive driving behaviors including speeding, red light running, failure to yield right of way, following too closely, and unsafe passing.
The Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board is a coalition of law enforcement, education, health and service agencies and individuals appointed by the County Executive who committed to ensuring our streets, sidewalks, and residents remain safe.