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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