Deerfield PD gets grant to target impaired, distracted drivers

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  • Deerfield town offices building just outside the center of town.  FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 12/26/2018 4:49:37 PM

DEERFIELD – The town has been awarded a five-figure reimbursement grant to target impaired and distracted drivers.

Detective Adam Sokoloski said the department will be reimbursed $5,000 for extra patrols and another $5,000 for equipment. The money comes from the state the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division.

Sokoloski said Sgt. Harry Ruddock III, who applied for the grant, will in the spring assign extra patrols to help with traffic enforcement. He said there are typically two officers on duty and the extra patrols will consist of a part-time officer working a two- or four-hour block or a full-time officer working overtime. The extra officer would specifically be on the lookout for traffic infractions.

A grant last year enabled extra patrols and the purchase of mobile speed boards that monitor vehicle speeds and, when necessary, alerts drivers to slow down. Sokoloski said the speed boards seem popular with residents and some community members have requested to have them in their neighborhoods. He said Ruddock applied for last year’s grant, as well. Any municipality can apply for one of these grants.

According to the department’s Facebook page, impaired driving caused 79 fatalities in Massachusetts in 2016. The Facebook post also states data from 2012 to 2016 indicates marijuana was the prevalent drug in impaired drivers.

More information about impaired driving is available at: bit.ly/2VbxAVu.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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