Last Saturday, Aug. 24, the Saugerties Police participated in a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, paid for through a grant received from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
Between the hours of 7 and 11 a.m., three officers conducted an enforcement detail, targeting pedestrian safety, motorists using cell phones while operating their vehicle, and motorist who failed to wear a seatbelt.
As a result of the detail, over 100 pedestrians came into contact with officers, each receiving a pedestrian safety palm card which provided information specific to pedestrian obligations in the lawful use of crosswalks.
Additionally, 19 motorists were issued traffic tickets for either failure to wear a seatbelt or talking on their cell phone when operating their vehicle.
The detail was comprised of two police officers stationed at Main and Partition streets in the village, with a third officer on bicycle. The bicycle officer was able to quickly navigate through the streets, providing the uniformed officers with the observed violations.
“Details of this type are extremely important toward reinforcing NYS vehicle and traffic laws that play a vital part in protecting motorist and pedestrians in our communities,” said Chief Joseph A Sinagra.