Mil­lville Po­lice awarded grant to im­prove safety for pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists

Woonsocket Call - - BLACKSTONE VALLEY -

MIL­LVILLE — The Mil­lville Po­lice De­part­ment was re­cently awarded a grant from the Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fice of Pub­lic Safety and Se­cu­rity, Of­fice of Grants and Re­search-High­way Safety Di­vi­sion to im­prove traf­fic safety on lo­cal roads for pedes­tri­ans and bi­cy­clists. In to­tal, over $375,000 was awarded to 84 po­lice de­part­ments across the Com­mon­wealth, with fund­ing from the Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NHTSA). With nearly 6,000 pedes­tri­ans killed in 2016 across the coun­try, pedes­tri­ans now ac­count for a larger pro­por­tion (16 per­cent) of traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties than they have in the past 33 years. In Mas­sachusetts, that rate is even higher, with pedes­tri­ans rep­re­sent­ing more than 20 per­cent of all traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties. Bi­cy­clists are dy­ing at higher rates na­tion­ally as well-the 840 killed in traf­fic crashes in 2016 are the most since 1991. “Bi­cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans are at risk to the mo­tor­ing pub­lic be­cause they may not be im­me­di­ately vis­i­ble to driv­ers and un­like those in ve­hi­cles, noth­ing pro­tects them in a crash,” said Po­lice Chief Ron­ald Landry. “We’ll use crash data and com­mu­nity in­put to iden­tify cross­walks, in­ter­sec­tions, and road­ways where our en­force­ment ef­forts can yield the largest im­pact on pedes­trian and bi­cy­clist safety.” Un­der the grant fund­ing, de­part­ments will pay for over­time en­force­ment to in­crease com­pli­ance with traf­fic laws by all road users. The Mil­lville Po­lice De­part­ment also pur­chased equip­ment to en­hance the vis­i­bil­ity of cross­walks and has or­dered a va­ri­ety of bi­cy­cle hel­mets.

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