The Greendale Police received a $20,000 Highway Safety Grant from the Wisconsin Bureau of Transportation Safety.
The grant has $5,000 dedicated for traffic safety equipment, and will provide police presence aimed at enforcement of Wisconsin’s seat belt and child safety seat statutes.
The grant period will run from October 2012 through September 2013.
In 2011, 52 percent of persons killed and 25 percent of persons sustaining incapacitating injuries in Wisconsin were NOT wearing safety belts. Many of these people were ejected from their vehicle.
Statewide safety belt use was 79.2 percent in 2010; however, Wisconsin safety belt use still remains about 6 percentage points lower than the national average.
It has been estimated that safety belt use by motor vehicle occupants in Wisconsin prevents more than 200 traffic related fatalities and more than 8,000 serious injuries annually (2011 data is preliminary).
Chief Robert Malasuk said that the Greendale Police Department has been participating for several years with the Click It or Ticket and Over the Limit Under Arrest campaigns.
During the last Click It or Ticket campaign, Greendale Officers issued 56 seat belt citations during 202 traffic stops.
“We feel it is important to do whatever we can to keep our community safe regardless of the funding or lack of funding from the State”, reports Chief Malasuk. “This new funding will allow for nearly 300 additional hours of patrol to increase seat belt usage in Greendale. The equipment funds will replace older equipment and provide radar units for squads that do not currently have them.”