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Bethel Police apply for state grant for traffic enforcement patrols

The Bethel Police Department is applying for American Rescue Plan Act funds from the state in an effort to crack down on unsafe driving.  The Board of Selectman signed off on the application for $5,000 for a Rural Roads Grant.  Bethel Police say they would use the funding for proactive policing to enforce the laws and raise awareness and compliance among drivers.  Bethel Police regularly receive complaints about the need for speed enforcement, stop sign enforcement and other violations.  The Department notes that the patrol division must divide their time between routine calls for service and emergencies, but this grant would allow them to assign an officer in high violation, complaint, and accident areas.