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CAMPAIGN ON DRIVING SAFETY IS PLANNED RISE IN NIAGARA COUNTY ROAD DEATHS SPURS PROGRAM

Several hazardous intersections that have contributed to traffic fatalities in recent months face police scrutiny beginning June 1, the Niagara County Traffic Safety Board said Wednesday.

The program, according to county Undersheriff Donald E. Plant, who is board chairman, will focus on "a stepped-up countywide enforcement and education program aimed at cutting down the county's accident rate."

Plant made the announcement after a noon meeting of the 15-member board at John Anthony's Restaurant, 5949 Campbell Blvd., Town of Lockport. The board session focused primarily on finding ways to reduce traffic fatalities -- 13 so far this year.

Effective June 1, Plant said, "all law enforcement agencies (in Niagara County) will be putting on extra patrols in high-accident areas of their jurisdiction, with an emphasis on moving violations -- particularly speeding, stop sign and stoplight violations.'

The program will be undertaken in both the county's three cities and rural areas.

"Outside the cities," he said. "special emphasis will be placed on enforcement in areas where a three-year survey shows high accident rates."

The areas, he added, will include Routes 425 and 104 in the Town of Cambria); Feigle and Beach Ridge roads in Pendleton; Purdy and Stone roads in the Town and City of Lockport; Hamm and Transit roads in the Town of Lockport; Hess and Ridge roads in the Town of Newfane, and Niagara Falls Boulevard between Ward and Nash roads in the Town of Wheatfield.

Plant Wednesday urged residents noting traffic problems, "particularly with speeding vehicles" to contact Richard Novelli of the county Office of Traffic Safety at 439-9318 or their local police departments "to help . . . officers pinpoint and step up enforcement in problem areas."

Organizations and groups wishing information on the program are urged to contact Novelli, Plant said.

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