Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Maine Police Roll Out New Enforcement Resource and Campaign
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PORTLAND, Maine – The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Law Enforcement Collaborative is announcing the distribution of its Law Enforcement Reference Guide, as well as a coordinated bicycle, pedestrian and motorist law enforcement detail dedicated to improving safety for vulnerable users. These efforts com e at that time of year that sees increases in the numbers of vulnerable users on our roadways. In 2015, 276 pedestrians and 182 bicyclists were involved in crashes with motor vehicles, resulting in 19 pedestrian fatalities.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine Law Enforcement Collaborative is a committee made up of law enforcement officers, transportation officials, bicycle commuters, attorneys, and bicycle education experts. The Collaborative meets monthly to discuss the challenges and realities of enforcing laws concerning bicyclists and pedestrians. The committee’s goal is to identify strategies to promote roadway safety for vulnerable users through education and enforcement.
The Law Enforcement Reference Guide was developed by the Law Enforcement Collaborative to provide officers on patrol with a convenient reference to the priority violations and pertinent laws that regulate the behavior of motorists and bicyclists. The double-sided resource, endorsed by the Maine Sheriff’s Association, and the Maine Association of Police, lists violations for bicyclists on one side, and violations for motorists on the other.
In conjunction with the release of this new resource, a number of Greater Portland police departments, including Portland, South Portland, Yarmouth, Scarborough and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting traffic enforcement details emphasizing the safety of vulnerable users. On June 15, these police agencies will be on patrol and paying particular attention to behaviors that put walkers, bicyclists and other more vulnerable persons at risk on our roadways. These efforts are intended to raise awareness and to gain voluntary compliance to the rules of the road, enhancing safety and reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities.
For more information or to schedule a possible ride along during this enforcement effort, please contact:
- Bicycle Coalition of Maine: Jim Tasse – 207.623.4511
- Cumberland County SO: Det. Stephen Gorham – 207.774.1444 ext. 2171
- Portland PD: Sgt. Michael Rand – 207.874.8554
- Scarborough PD: Sgt. John O’Malley – 207.730.4306
- South Portland PD: Lt. Frank Clark – 207.799.5511 ext. 7242
- Yarmouth PD: Lt. Dean Perry – 207.846-3333