Hammond Police Department releases June Traffic Safety results

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The Hammond Police Department has just come off a very busy month issuing a total of  3449 citations in June by participating in four traffic safety grants.  The police department reports that the first grant program involved enforcing pedestrian/bicycle safety with 110 total citations given out for various violations near school and park zones.

The second and third grant programs combined focusing on seatbelt/child restraint violations, with speeding and impaired driving and resulted in some 616 citations being issued including 275 citations for seatbelt/child restraint violations.  Also, two arrests were made for operating while intoxicated, and 92 citations were issued for speeding, according to the release.

Hammond police also took part in Operation Centipede, a program to reduces crashes on Kennedy Ave. and I-80/94 by five percent.   During roving patrols and a sobriety checkpoint that was conducted along Kennedy Ave. officers wrote 2631 citations, mainly for speeding, following too closely and improper lane usage.

The Hammond Police Department wants the public to know that it will continue increased traffic enforcement efforts through the month of July with another sobriety checkpoint being planned.  In addition, officers will be out during the Fourth of July holiday weekend and will remind motorists to slow down and don’t drink and drive.  Funding for the additional enforcement was provided by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.