The Siloam Springs Police Department has received a $21,000.00 Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant. The grant is made possible by funds from the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Arkansas State Police, Highway Safety Office (AHSO). The police department’s goal is to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities, and increase occupant safety for all motorists and their passengers travelling on our roadways through public information/education and enforcement.
The department will be conducting two occupant safety education programs during the grant period and is implementing a child safety seat loaner program beginning in January 2017.
The STEP grant further allows the department to conduct 176 hours of sustained selective traffic enforcement action dedicated to speed, seatbelt and DWI/DUI enforcement. Officers will be conducting ongoing speed, seatbelt and DWI/DUI enforcement each month throughout the year with all STEP hours being worked outside of the officers normal patrol assignment.
In addition to the yearlong sustained enforcement actions, the department will be conducting approximately 272 hours of saturation patrols and enforcement activity during the following State and National traffic safety mobilization campaigns:
State Thanksgiving Seat Belt Mobilization - November 21st - 27th 2016
National Winter DWI Mobilization - December 16th 2016 - January 1st 2017
National Memorial Day Seat Belt Mobilization - May 22nd – June 4th 2017
State 4th of July DWI Mobilization - June 30th – July 4th 2017
National Labor Day DWI Mobilization - August 18th – September 4th 2017
The $21,000.00 STEP grant provides $19,000.00 which pays the costs/overtime for officers working STEP details and $2000.00 for the purchase child safety seats to support the department child safety seat program. The grant period is from October 15th, 2016 through September 30th, 2017 and requires no match by the city.