Riley#039;s grant helps GPD with traffic enforcement

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Butler County will be among several counties to receive funds from a grant awarded by the Southeast Alabama Safety Office by Gov. Bob Riley.

The $57,150 grant will be distributed among several counties, including Butler, Crenshaw, Dale, Escambia and Pike.

&#8220This program makes Alabama's highways safer by removing irresponsible drivers from roads and encouraging the use of child restraints and seat belts,” Riley said. &#8220I am pleased to present these funds to help law enforcement officers save lives and prevent injuries.”

According to Greenville Police Chief Lonzo Ingram, the grant will primarily fund overtime pay and equipment purchases that are necessary to increase traffic enforcement, such as DUI and speeding checkpoints as well as safety belt restraint checks.

&#8220We might purchase some radar units to check for speeding and some hand-held alcohol sensors for DUI enforcement,” Ingram said.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will administer the grant.

Lt. Anthony Barganier said that during Dec. of 2004, 28 accidents were reported on the roadways in Greenville.