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Summer Traffic Enforcement

posted May 30, 2017, 5:24 AM by Tim O'Brien

A note from the Chief:

I wanted to take a moment and let you know what we are planning this summer. As our community has grown and we have become busier, handling the multitude of calls that come in every day, we have had less opportunity to concentrate on traffic enforcement. This, coupled with the increased volume of traffic brought on by that growth, causes us to hear daily comments about red light and stop sign violations, speeding vehicles, distracted drivers, and an all-around lack of courtesy on our roadways.

For the summer months, while our school and community resource officers are out of the schools and able to assist on patrol, we are going to run a special traffic enforcement team comprised of three highly motivated and dedicated officers.
Before we start the program, I want to address a couple of things that always surface around the topic of high intensity traffic enforcement. First, I want to be clear that this is not done to raise money. Many people believe that the fine amounts, designated on the ticket, are provided to the police department. That is not true. The fine amounts are both set and received by the State of Maine. I can assure you that this is not a profitable situation for the police department.

Second, I would like to assure you that this enforcement is not directed at any particular demographic. Whether you are young or old, drive a sports car or a grocery getter, if you obey the traffic laws you will not be inconvenienced. If you do not obey the traffic laws, however, you can likely expect to get stopped and ticketed.
Lastly, I would stress that this is not being done because the officers are mean and enjoy making people’s lives miserable, nor is it because they want to see how many tickets they can issue. Our goal is always voluntary compliance. If we could achieve that goal, we would be happy to leave our blue lights off.

If you get stopped, you will be held accountable for violations of law, however, you will be treated in a polite, pleasant, and respectful manner. If that is not the case, you are welcome to speak with a supervisor. Please know that any such conversation is dealt with as an entirely separate matter from any ticket that was issued. Traffic tickets will be resolved in court or by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Please understand that our mission is simply to keep you, our community, and our roadways safe. This is a good time to remind ourselves, myself included, that no text or phone call is so important as to risk anyone’s safety. Speed limits, red lights, and stop signs are in place for a reason. Please obey them. Take the time to make sure that your inspection sticker, which identifies that your vehicle is safe, is valid. Check your registration to make sure that it is also up to date and valid.

We recognize that it is not pleasant to be stopped and have an officer standing by your car door, but please think about how much worse it would be to have an officer standing at the door of your home to deliver unthinkable news about a loved one. Unfortunately, too many times we have had that horrible task and those moments stay with us just like they do for the grieving families.

We are asking for your help to make this a safe and happy summer season.

Many Thanks!

Chief Moulton