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LPD wins MADD recognition

The Liverpool Police Department is well known throughout Onondaga County for its diligent enforcement of traffic laws. Now, the village police are winning statewide recognition.

At the Oct. 18 meeting of the Liverpool Board of Trustees, Police Chief Bill Becker reported that the New York State Mothers Against Drunk Driving will honor the LPD for its effective enforcement of driving while intoxicated laws, on Nov. 16 in Albany. MADD will also recognize LPD Officer Ken Hatter as one of the top performers in the state's STOP-DWI Program.

MADD was established September 1980 with a mission to stop drunk driving, support its victims and prevent underage drinking.

The STOP-DWI Program - which stands for Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated - was enacted by the State Legislature in 1981. The legislation permits each of the state's counties to establish a STOP-DWI Program which qualifies the county for the return of all fines collected for alcohol and other drug-related traffic offenses in its jurisdiction. All 62 counties in New York state are participating.

Becker also told the trustees that his department has qualified for three grants for use in 2011.

LPD was awarded a $5,200 grant by the Statewide Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, known as STEP, administered by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee. The agency was also awarded a $1,200 grant by Buckle Up NY and a $1,000 Child Safety Seat grant.

Meanwhile, Becker's department continues to study traffic at the S-curve at the bottom of Sargent Lane near Tulip Street. Trustees are considering the addition of traffic-control signage, including a stop sign, to help prevent vehicles from veering into the opposite lane as they negotiate the curves.

Mayor Gary White encouraged Sargent Lane residents and motorists to attend a public hearing on the issue at 7 p.m. Nov. 15, at the Village Hall, 310 Sycamore St.

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