The Easton Police Department is boosting traffic patrol on town roads thanks to a Traffic Enforcement Grant the department received through the American Rescue Plan.
The $5,000 grant was issued by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Division of the State Police Traffic Services Unit. Easton PD received the grant on April 17, and since then officers have been assigned to patrol roads in the morning and evening during times of high peak traffic volume. They are on the look out for motorists who violate speed limits, drive recklessly, violate stop signs and no-thru truck prohibitions.
“Most of the violations are for stop signs and speeding, and for no thru truck violations on Route 136, which is winding and narrow,” said Easton Police Chief Richard Doyle.
The data from this year’s records of traffic stops has shown a significant increase in traffic patrol enforcement from last year’s data. The number of motor vehicle stops Easton police conducted in a one-week period in May 2023 more than doubled over May 2022. There were 31 motor vehicle stops between May 8-14 of this year versus eight motor vehicle stops between May 23-29 in 2022, according to the Easton Police Department records.
As a result of the grant, Easton Police have been able to provide the roads with more safety and surveillance, said Doyle.