[IW] Traffic Enforcement Initiative

Cynthia Brock cynthia.ny8 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 30 07:35:06 CST 2016

Public Safety Announcement
Prepared by: Officer Jamie Williamson
Date Prepared: January 29, 2016

Targeted Traffic Enforcement

During the winter months the Ithaca Police Department will have extra
police officers patrolling
the streets of Ithaca looking for various violations of the New York State
Vehicle and Traffic
Law. Specifically, officers will be looking for distracted drivers, drunk
drivers and violations
for speeding in school zones. Police will be conducting safety check points
and roving patrols
on different days and different hours.

Distracted driving laws cover the use of a cell phone without a hands-free
device while
operating a motor vehicle. The newest distracted driving law also includes
the use of a portable
electronic device which includes holding, viewing, transmitting or saving
electronic data such
as email, text messages or browsing the web. Speed limits in school zones
are in effect from
7:00 am to 6:00 pm. These violations recklessly place school children and
faculty in harm’s
way. Driving While Intoxicated offenses are a supreme danger to motorists,
pedestrians, and
bicyclists. Chief Barber and the rest of the IPD family place DWI
enforcement at the top of
their list when evaluating safety initiatives.

Officers working these enforcement details will be vigilant in their
efforts to identify and stop
operators in violation of these laws. Officers will also be using a
zero-tolerance approach when
they observe a violation. Funding for this type of enforcement is paid for
by the Selective
Traffic Enforcement Program Grant (STEP). The STEP Grant was awarded to
Ithaca Police in
2012 by the NYS Governors Traffic Safety Committee. The goal of the Ithaca
Department, through education and enforcement, is to make roadways safer
and decrease traffic
crashes within the City of Ithaca.

City of Ithaca Police Department
120 East Clinton Street, Ithaca, New York, USA 14851-6557
John R. Barber, Chief of Police
Pete Tyler, Deputy Chief of Police
Vincent P. Monticello, Acting Deputy Chief of Police


"Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be
counted, counts."  - William Bruce Cameron
Cynthia Brock
cynthia.ny8 at gmail.com <cynthia.ny at earthlink.net>

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