The Manchester Board of Aldermen passed two resolutions at its regular meeting March 18 to submit two grant applications to help enforce traffic safety.
The first grant to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission would be for enforcement of driving while intoxicated violations. If approved for the grant, the city will receive 100 percent funding for overtime hours worked to assist with enforcement of driving while intoxicated violations, not-to-exceed $4,000. The city’s objective is to decrease alcohol-impaired driving involving fatalities by 3.45 percent annually.
Substance-impaired drivers contributed to 25.6 percent of Missouri’s traffic crash fatalities during the past five years. Alcohol remains the primary contributor; however, prescription and illicit drug-related fatalities are on the rise. From 2015 to 2017, the city of Manchester had a total of 1,354 reported crashes with five of those resulting in fatalities. Thirty-two of the accidents involved alcohol.
The second grant application to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission in the amount not-to-exceed $16,000 would be for enforcement of hazardous moving violations, which includes a 50-percent match toward the purchase of eight radar units.
Hazardous moving violations include aggressive driving, such as speeding, changing lanes several times in a short distance and following too closely to other vehicles. During the last five years, a combination of aggressive driving violations contributed to 53 percent of fatalities and 46 percent of serious injuries in Missouri.
Of the 1,354 reported crashes in Manchester, 177 were speed related and a total of 568 injuries were reported. The city of Manchester will be targeting aggressive driving, particularly speeding, following too closely and seat-belt enforcement.