BNPD re­ceives traf­fic en­force­ment grant

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Ben­ton Po­lice Depart­ment is pleased to an­nounce its 21st year of par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Se­lec­tive Traf­fic En­force­ment Pro­gram grant pro­gram.

The STEP pro­gram is a grant funded by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment en­abling of­fi­cers to work over­time for seat belt, DWI, speed­ing and dis­tracted driv­ing en­force­ment. En­force­ment ef­forts are de­signed to in­crease seat belt and child safety seat us­age and to ap­pre­hend in­di­vid­u­als choos­ing to drive while in­tox­i­cated or dis­tracted. Through this pro­gram, the depart­ment is also awarded money for child safety seats, which are pro­vided to mem­bers of the pub­lic dur­ing emer­gent sit­u­a­tions and in­stalled by BNPD of­fi­cers.

From Oc­to­ber 2018 to Septem­ber 2019, BNPD of­fi­cers worked a to­tal of 335.75 hours through the STEP grant pro­gram: 89.5 hours of seat­belt en­force­ment, 123.5 hours of DWI en­force­ment, 110.25 hours of speed en­force­ment and 12.5 hours for dis­tracted driv­ing.

In ad­di­tion to reg­u­lar en­force­ment ef­forts, BNPD will par­tic­i­pate in state and fed­eral mo­bi­liza­tions dur­ing the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day, a win­ter mo­bi­liza­tion in De­cem­ber, Me­mo­rial Day hol­i­day, July 4th hol­i­day and La­bor Day hol­i­day.

The STEP pro­gram is funded through the Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit

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