Riley awards $2.28 million for traffic safety

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Governor Riley has awarded $2.28 million in grants to continue increased enforcement of Alabama's traffic laws.

Riley says the grants to each of the state's nine regional highway safety offices will boost local law enforcement presence during peak travel times.

The funds will help pay for overtime hours during two national traffic safety campaigns focused around the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays.

A portion of the funds will help local police and sheriff's departments purchase traffic safety equipment and conduct extra patrols during other times of the year as needed.

"Aggressive enforcement of our state traffic laws saves lives," said Riley. "I am grateful for the hard work and dedication of the hundreds of police officers, deputies and troopers who strive to keep Alabama's roads and highways safe."

The following grants were awarded:

  • $102,740 to Gadsden State Community College for the East Alabama Highway Safety Office which serves Calhoun, Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega and Tallapoosa counties.
  • $88,395 to Enterprise-Ozark Community College for the Southeast Alabama Regional Highway Safety Office which serves Barbour, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties.
  • $133,285 to Shelton State Community College for the West Alabama Community Traffic Safety Office which serves Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Perry, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties.
  • $162,655 to the Etowah County Commission for the Northeast Alabama Community Traffic Safety Office which serves Cherokee, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Madison and Marshall counties.
  • $169,765 to Jefferson State Community College for the Greater Birmingham Highway Traffic Safety Program which serves Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker counties.
  • $213,385 to the Mobile County Commission for the Highway Traffic Safety Division which serves Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties.
  • $68,375 to the Alabama Tombigbee Regional Commission for the Highway Traffic Safety Division which serves Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Marengo, Monroe, Washington and Wilcox counties.
  • $173,680 to the city of Montgomery for the Central Alabama Highway Safety Office which serves Autauga, Bullock, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery and Russell counties.
  • $137,720 to Northwest Shoals Community College for the North Alabama Highway Safety Office which serves Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Marion, Morgan and Winston counties.

In addition to the regional grants, Riley awarded $1.03 million for the purchase of portable alcohol sensors and in-car radar units that will be used to combat drunken driving and speeding enforcement efforts statewide.

Northwest Shoals Community College is the fiscal agent for the equipment funds.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from money made available to the state by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Additional funding comes from the state's Traffic Safety Trust Fund which receives fines paid by individuals found guilty of driving without a license or with a suspended or revoked license.

Information source: ADECA

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