State grant aims to slow traffic along 101

WILTON — Drivers in the Route 101 corridor will have to keep an extra eye on their speedometers this summer, as Wilton will be one of multiple towns along the highway that will be putting an extra officer on the road.

The Wilton Select Board voted during its Monday meeting to accept a $8,400 grant from the N.H. Highway Safety Agency. The money will allow the Police Department to put an extra patrol officer on Route 101 to watch for moving violations. Through the months of May and June, the department will be able to provide 30 additional 4-hour patrols in that area.

Police Chief Brent Hautanen told board members that he would be meeting with other police chiefs on the corridor to coordinate efforts so there will be certain days when the extra officers will be out in force.

Resident and Road Agent Steve Elliott asked Hautanen if the extra funds were limited to use for patrolling Route 101, or if other roads could benefit. Hautanen replied that the intent of the grant was to reduce violations on Route 101, and the extra patrols would have to take place there.

The Select Board voted unanimously to accept the grant. The Select Board will meet next on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall.

— by Ashley Saari

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