Local law enforcement included in grant funds for traffic safety stops

Published 1:21 am Friday, August 4, 2017

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling nearly $3.5 million to support law enforcement efforts to make Alabama roads safer by preventing injuries and fatalities.

The state’s four regional traffic safety offices will use the funds to cover overtime for local police officers and sheriff’s deputies conducting extra patrols and checkpoints during peak travel times targeting speeding, seat belt violations and drunken driving. Some funds will cover extra patrols during the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3 and “Click It or Ticket” from May 21 to June 3, 2018.

Covington County is among the beneficiaries through the Southeast Alabama Regional Highway Safety Office at Enterprise State Community College. The office received $549,977 which will be used in Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes, Montgomery, Pike, Russell and Tuscaloosa counties.

“Drivers who get behind the wheel while impaired or disobey traffic laws present a danger to every motorist on the road,” Ivey said. “With this funding, I am pleased to support the local police officers and sheriffs’ deputies who work long hours to provide motorists.”

with a clear reminder to drive safely and responsibly.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available to the state by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. ADECA manages a wide array of programs that support law enforcement and traffic safety, workforce development, energy conservation, water resource management, economic development and recreation.