According to a press release from Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), state safety officials recently granted the Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department a $16,030 grant to support their alcohol saturation patrol program.
The money will be used locally to fund Moore County’s participation in the “Booze It and Lose It” alcohol enforcement campaign.
According to Deputy Taylor, the grant is being re-awarded to Moore County in part due to their success with last year’s grant.
Metro not only reduced its number of alcohol related crashes but also increased its DUI arrest from 15 prior to receiving the grant to 48 in the first year of receiving the grant.
Grant money funds overtime hours for alcohol enforcement that likely would not be possible without the state funds.
Moore County Deputy Shane Taylor not only overseas the program locally but was recently named State Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) Network Coordinator for Moore, Bedford, Lincoln and Rutherford counties.
For his efforts, the MMCSD receives an additional $15,000 grant.
In addition to overtime, the grants will fund equipment such as new computers and in-car camera systems.
According to Senator Tracy, grants were issued to agencies that successfully applied for funding based on need. Applications were reviewed by the state’s Highway Safety Office and then scored by both their internal staff and other highway safety advocates. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funding for GHSO grants.
The GHSO awarded $18.1 million in highway safety grants overall to 332 agencies in the 2012-13 funding cycle.
“Without this money, we couldn’t go out and specifically patrol and target DUI offenders. It’s a great help,” says Sheriff Mark Logan.