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Grants awarded for highway safety in Alabama

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 4/21/2014 10:19 am
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVA) -- The governor of Alabama has awarding grants to several agenices to continue programs that make Alabama roads safer, reducing injuries and fatalities.

The state’s nine regional traffic safety offices and the Alabama Department of Public Safety will use the funds to conduct extra traffic safety patrols and checkpoints targeting speeding, seat belt violations and drunken driving during peak travel times.

Each traffic safety office also will purchase additional breath analyzers to ensure an adequate number of devices are available for law enforcement officers during the extra patrols.

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.

A $250,000 grant will go to the Alabama Department of Public Safety to pay overtime hours for state troopers taking on extra shifts during busy travel periods.

The West Alabama Community Traffic Safety Office will receive $126,624 to serve Fayette, Lamar, and Pickens County.

The North Alabama Highway Safety Office will receive $190,995 to serve Franklin and Marion County.

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