New Milford police will expand their patrol of local and state roads identified as rural roads in the town beginning Aug. 5.

The police will focus their efforts on speed enforcement.

The state Department of Transportation has approved the police department's Highway Safety Project application, "FY2014 High Risk Rural Roads -- Speed Enforcement Program."

The program will be in effect through Sept. 30.

Federal funding of $16,400 will be received for enforcement and $3,790 for equipment.

The New Milford police will conduct a "stepped up" enforcement campaign designed to reduce the number of avoidable motor vehicle accidents by 15 percent.

Police Chief Shawn Boyne asks New Milford residents to contact the police department at 860-355-3133 to share concerns regarding areas where this campaign could be most effective.