Barrington police ramp up downtown traffic coverage

GREAT BARRINGTON— Police have ramped up
enforcement in the downtown following traffic complaints.

Last month, several residents came forward
voicing concerns for pedestrian safety and motorists traveling at speeds much
higher than what’s posted. Area residents like David Rosenberg questioned why
there wasn’t a police officer consistently present to deter people from
violating traffic bylaws.

At the Sept. 9 selectboard meeting, Police
Chief William Walsh told the selectboard and residents in attendance that the
department had listened, and devised approaches to respond accordingly.

“Officers have been hitting things up quite
hard in the past three weeks,” said Walsh as he directed Sgt. Paul Storti to
begin a slideshow that Storti had prepared to accompany Walsh’s
presentation. 

The concerns also led to the formation of a
traffic enforcement unit, which will work during random times of day and
complete a directed traffic control form at the end of each assignment. The
unit will also receive additional training and monitor some of the town’s
interactions as well as traffic infractions at crosswalks, stop signs and stop
lights.

Police officers have expanded patrol activities to include additional town bylaw violations and crosswalk monitoring. Officers have made become more visible both walking and patrolling the downtown in cruisers, said Walsh.

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