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Fort Kent Police Department receives federal traffic safety grants

FORT KENT, Maine — Fort Kent Police Department received three federal grants to increase traffic safety and enforcement.

Maine Bureau of Highway Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approved $7,760 in grant money for three traffic safety campaigns focused on impaired, distracted and unrestrained driving: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, High Visibility Distracted Driving Enforcement and National Click It or Ticket.

“We apply for these grants in hopes of deterring and educating operators of motor vehicles from violating traffic laws based on these campaigns,” Fort Kent Police Chief Michael DeLena said. “The grants have dedicated overtime hours that will be dispersed throughout the upcoming months to help prevent and reduce vehicle crashes affiliated to the campaigns.”

“The idea with the grants is to reduce the amount of crashes from the previous year. For example, if we had 10 crashes last year involving distracting driving, we look to reduce that number by a percentage this year, using the dedicated overtime shifts,” Chief DeLena added.

All three grants will focus on yet-to-be-determined dates between December 2021 and September 2022, Chief DeLena said.

“At the end of the day, everyone wants to get home to their families safely,” Chief DeLena said. “These senseless, avoidable vehicle crashes can be reduced and hopefully prevented. We are going to do our part and contribute to the cause.”

More information about these campaigns will be posted in the coming months on the Fort Kent Police Department’s new Facebook page.

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