From Racine County Eye:
By Heather Asiyanbi in Government · June 13, 2014
"Area police officers are stepping up patrols as part of a statewide push to reduce traffic-related deaths.
"The Joint Speed and Alcohol Grant administered by the state Bureau of
Traffic Safety covers overtime for officers at 100 percent so police can step up patrols of intersections to target speeding, drivers who aren’t wearing their seat belts, and drivers operating under the influence.
“'To prevent needless deaths and injuries, our officers will be out in
force throughout the county as a cooperative effort looking for
speeding and impaired motorists along with other unsafe driving
behavior,' said Mount Pleasant police Captain Brian Smith.
"MPPD is the fiscal agent for the grant, and officers from
Sturtevant, Racine, Wisconsin State Patrol, Waterford, Burlington, and
the Racine County Sheriff’s Department are participating in the push. It
started last month and runs through September.
"During the grant period, officers from these agencies will patrol
across jurisdictions and conduct deployments in the participating
"Smith said a recent speed deployment on Spring Street in the City of
Racine netted a number of citations. Officers staged another deployment
in Mount Pleasant Friday.
"Sturtevant police Chief Sean Marschke noted 240 traffic calls/stops
in that village in May and credits part of the increase to his
department’s participating in the grant initiative.
“'We actually expect that number to rise because of the grant,' he said.
"Aside from increasing safety on area roadways, there is a financial
gain for the communities where stops are being made. Marschke told
village trustees that citations issued in Sturtevant means fines paid to
the village no matter if the officer initiating the stop is from
Sturtevant or not."
Read more: http://racinecountyeye.com/2014/06/13/drivers-aware-traffic-enforcement-full-effect/