The Farmington Police Department is stepping up seat belt enforcement, adding $3,000 to increase patrols for two weeks.
The grant, one of three for added enforcement from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, will fund increased patrols from May 19 through June 1.
The grant will allow an officer to concentrate strictly on traffic enforcement during peak hours, according to a news release from Sgt. Michael Adcock, of the Farmington Police Department.
“During the grant, officers will be out in full force looking for both operators and passengers that are not properly secured in a seatbelt,” according to the release.
The state’s Buckle Up — No Excuses! campaign is one of three grant-funded enforcement efforts. The other two grants are $10,000 each and for speed enforcement and impaired-driving enforcement. Both programs started in December and will run for a year, Adcock said.