Central Falls police awarded $94.355.00 grant for traffic enforcement and occupant protection measures

CENTRAL FALLS – The Central Falls police department (CFPD) has been awarded a $94,355.00 grant by RIDOT’s Office on Highway Safety for impaired driving, speed, pedestrian safety, distracted driving and occupant protection enforcement. The grant will allow the CFPD to continue aggressive enforcement and public education efforts to reduce speed and impaired driving fatalities and serious bodily injury crashes.

In addition to distracted driving, pedestrian safety and crosswalk enforcement, this funding will also finance occupant protection enforcement, car seat installations and inspections, as well as being able to provide car seats to families unable to provide safe transportation for their children.

The grant award also includes funds for impaired driving enforcement training, which has allowed the agency to staff three drug recognition experts, and will allow CFPD to purchase a new LIDAR speed detection unit. In 2010, CFPD received $19,100 in enforcement funds – so in a six-year period we have improved our traffic safety funding by 494%.