Grants boost funding for Ala. roadway law enforcement

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Many Alabama counties are being awarded portions of a $150,000 grant that will help support extra law enforcement of central and south Alabama roadways.

Governor Robert Bentley announced Tuesday that the city of Montgomery will receive $80,560 for the Central Alabama Highway Safety Office. That office serves Autauga, Bullock, Elmore, Lee, Lowdnes, Macon, Montgomery and Russell counties.

Nearly half of that money will go towards overtime costs incurred by the "Click It or Ticket" campaign. The remaining funds will support extra checkpointed during peak travel seasons, the governor's office said.

In South Alabama, Enterprise State Community College will receive $67,695  for the Southeast Alabama Regional Highway Safety Office. That office covers Barbour, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties. Again, nearly half the funds will provide much needed coverage for overtime expenses, while the remaining funds will be used for checkpoints.

The funding is being distributed through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) as part of a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Survey's indicate that Alabama's seatbelt usage has climbed from 70.6 percent in 2000 to over 91 percent in 2011.