WAKEFIELD — Chief Steven A. Skory is pleased to announce that the Wakefield Police Department has been awarded $34,760 in grant funding to improve road safety.
The grant was made available by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) and allocated by the Office of Grants and Research (OGR). This funding will be used to support the Municipal Road Safety Program, which assists in developing enforcement strategies to reduce roadway crashes, injuries, fatalities, and associated economic losses in Massachusetts.
Wakefield Police Department will use the funds for traffic enforcement campaigns including, Winter Impaired Driving, Distracted Driving, Click it or Ticket, Summer Speed Enforcement, and Summer Impaired Driving Enforcement.
Through these campaigns Wakefield Police will educate the public about adhering to speed limits, seat belt use, and road safety. Additionally officers will be monitoring dangerous practices such as distracted and impaired driving.
“We thank the Executive Office of Public Safety & Security for this grant award and ask the public to drive responsibly,” said Chief Skory. “We want to remind residents and community members of the importance of remaining vigilant on the road. Following posted traffic signs and speed limits can ensure safety throughout the community.”
About the FFY 2023 Municipal Road Safety (MRS) Grant Program
The Office of Grants and Research (OGR) allocated $5,000,000 in FFY 2023 grant funding to municipal police departments within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The grants are designed to provide substantial flexibility in addressing local traffic safety issues, allowing funding beyond enforcement to include equipment options and developing novel traffic safety programs.