Author: Evelyn McFarlane

Law enforcement officials in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont are partnering with truck drivers to encourage all motorists to wear seat belts. Trucking companies are putting Click It or Ticket stickers on their vehicles as a reminder to drivers to buckle up. View or read here…

Police in Vermont, like law-enforcement officers throughout the United States, will focus on preventing distracted driving this week and reminding drivers about the dangers of texting while driving through the “U Drive, U Text, U Pay” campaign that will run through Monday.

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This year’s World Day of Remembrance takes on extra urgency as the number of people dying and severely injured in preventable traffic crashes in the U.S. is rising at an alarming rate. In 2020, 42,060 people died in motor vehicle crashes – an 8% increase over 2019, despite fewer people driving due to pandemic conditions. This equates to a 24% spike in the rate of traffic deaths, according to National Safety Council (NSC) estimates. Read the press release here.

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Hearts Behind the Badge

During September of this year an Old Orchard Beach, Maine police officer was monitoring local traffic, when he noticed a passing car which didn’t have visible registration plates. The officer performed a traffic stop. The operator of the vehicle told the officer that he had just registered the car and didn’t have the proper license plate mounting screws and inserts. The officer saw the plates sitting on the back seat of the car. Instead of issuing a traffic ticket the officer led the motorist to an auto parts store and bought the driver the appropriate mounting hardware. The plates were properly attached, and the motorist continued his way home. The motorist was so appreciative he contacted the Chief of the Old Orchard Beach Police Department to commend the officer’s generous help. In addition, the grateful motorist detailed the events on his Facebook page. The story was covered by a local television outlet and subsequently appeared in the October 16, 2020 edition of The LEL Traffic Stop. (The Traffic Stop is a publication of the National Law Enforcement Liaison Program). If the story wasn’t covered by local television and picked up by The Traffic Stop, very few people would ever learn about the kind generosity of this thoughtful police officer. Please continue reading and learn how The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is promoting the “Hearts Behind The Badge” program to locate some of these wonderful local stories and bring them to national attention. Read More (enter this link into your browser): Mainer Takes to Social Media to Report Positive Police Encounter | https://q1065.fm/mainer-takes-to-social-media-to-report-positive-police-encounter/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referralurrentlyDuring September of this year an Old Orchard Beach, Maine police officer was monitoring local traffic, when he noticed a passing car which didn’t have visible registration plates. The officer performed a traffic stop. The operator of the vehicle told the officer that he had just registered the car and didn’t have the proper license plate mounting screws and inserts. The officer saw the plates sitting on the back seat of the car. Instead of issuing a traffic ticket the officer led the motorist to an auto parts store and bought the driver the appropriate mounting hardware. The plates were properly attached, and the motorist continued his way home. The motorist was so appreciative he contacted the Chief of the Old Orchard Beach Police Department to commend the officer’s generous help. In addition, the grateful motorist detailed the events on his Facebook page. The story was covered by a local television outlet and subsequently appeared in the October 16, 2020 edition of The LEL Traffic Stop. (The Traffic Stop is a publication of the National Law Enforcement Liaison Program). If the story wasn’t covered by local television and picked up by The Traffic Stop, very few people would ever learn about the kind generosity of this thoughtful police officer. Please continue reading and learn how The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is promoting the “Hearts Behind The Badge” program to locate some of these wonderful local stories and bring them to national attention. Read More (enter this link into your browser): Mainer Takes to Social Media to Report Positive Police Encounter | https://q1065.fm/mainer-takes-to-social-media-to-report-positive-police-encounter/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referralurrently