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Truck traffic to be monitored more closely in Skaneateles

The Skaneateles Police Department will now be better equipped to monitor truck traffic in the town and village of Skaneateles.

Police Chief H. Lloyd Perkins, Mayor Robert Green and Sen. John DeFrancisco recently unveiled a new fully equipped law enforcement vehicle to aid in the monitoring.

According to a press release from DeFrancisco's office, the 2008 Ford Expedition comes with all of the latest computers, software, cameras, truck scales, emergency lights, warning devices and safety equipment necessary to monitor traffic. The purchase of the vehicle was made possible through a grant secured by DeFrancisco's office.

The intent of the program is to perform regular and random inspections to ensure that the trucks that pass through the Village and Town meet the most stringent safety standards set by the State and Federal Government.

"The Senator, for a long time, has been a strong advocate for long haul truck regulations and we are starting to see the results of those efforts," Perkins said. "Since the implementation of this enforcement program the volume of truck traffic, and most notably garbage trucks in Skaneateles, has been significantly reduced."

DeFrancisco said he was pleased that he was able to secure the funding for the new law enforcement vehicle.

"I am confident that the vehicle will help the Police Department better protect the Town and Village by controlling truck traffic," he said. "Keeping large trucks off our local roads will help to ensure that our community remains safe, and it will help to improve the quality of life in Skaneateles."

Specially trained officers from the Skaneateles Police Department will use the vehicle. Officers have already received advanced training in commercial vehicle enforcement and inspection.

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