Palmyra police to step up patrols

Palmyra Police are watching closely for speed demons through their town on Highway 61.

Palmyra Police Chief Eddie Bogue says this area of Highway 61 has become a dangerous area due to accidents near the town's three areas in which drivers have to cross over the four lane highway.

Two people died in accidents here in 2005 and 2006.

Now thanks to two state grants his department has the money to pay for more patrols in this area.

He hopes added patrols will slow traffic down on 61, making driving safer for everyone.

Why is this area so dangerous?

Chief Bogue said, "Folks are used to driving 65 miles per hour and don't realize when they approach the city limits of Palmyra that the speed limit goes down to 55 miles per hour and we do have crossovers with the truck stop so it's vital to do extra enforcement to slow motorists down."

Chief Bogue says his department is also working with MODOT to come up with some options in order to make this area of Highway 61 even safer.

One grant for $3,500 came from Missouri Department of Transportation's organization Blueprint for Safer Roadways. The federal money is distributed to state transportation agencies like MODOT for use in three areas, education, enforcement and engineering. Palmyra Police are using it to step up patrols. They're also using the money to purchase a portable breath tester for DUI and DWI suspects.

Anothe grant for $3,360 came from the Division of Highway Safety.