To the editor:
The Vermillion Police Department has recently received a Highway Safety Grant from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety to assist with problem traffic areas within the city. Part of this grant funding has been assigned to the purchase of traffic monitoring equipment to assist the police with identification of high traffic areas with increased speed violations. Using this equipment, the Vermillion Police Department has already collected data in the area where South University Street intersects with Chestnut Street and Burbank Road. Data acquired through this phase has shown a need for increased police presence and speed enforcement in this area. As a result, the VPD will begin increased patrol efforts at this location to encourage motorists to comply with the posted speed limits and thus reduce the risk of accidents and injury to both motorists and pedestrians.
The grant funding received also provides for saturation patrols during various holidays and events throughout the year. The Vermillion Police Department will use this funding to provide increased patrols focused on impaired driving enforcement and the use of safety equipment as highlighted by the annual Click It or Ticket seatbelt campaign. It is our hope that increasing the public’s awareness of these violations will remind the community to operate their vehicles in a safe fashion with regard to speed, safety equipment, and alcohol consumption.
The Vermillion Police Department intends to utilize multiple media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter to promote and educate the public of our participation in the various campaigns throughout the year. Like us on Facebook and follow us @VermillionPD on Twitter for updates. Please feel free to find us online or as always, call if you have any questions or concerns.
Wishing everyone safe travels for 2013,
Jacy Nelsen – Sergeant
Vermillion Police Department