Ivey awards nearly $ 1 million to improve road safety in southwest Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (WKRG) – In an effort to improve road safety throughout Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey has awarded nearly $ 7 million in grants to six state organizations, including a nearly $ 1 million grant to Mobile County Commission for the Southwest Regional Highway Safety Office.

The funds will be used to cover overtime for local police officers, sheriff’s deputies and state soldiers carrying out additional patrols and checkpoints during peak hours, such as summer holidays, targeting speeding tickets, seat belt violations and impaired driving. Funding will also cover key app details like “Click it or grab a ticket” and “Drive sober or get pulled over”.

The goal of the grant is to make Alabama’s roads safer by preventing injuries and fatalities while ensuring that violators are prosecuted.

The funds are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and will be administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

Grants awarded:

  • $ 1.39 million to the Franklin County Commission for North Central Alabama Highway Safety Office. The office serves the counties of Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Jackson, Madison, Marshall, Marion, Morgan, Pickens, Walker and Winston.
  • $ 1.66 million to the city of Opelika for the East Central Alabama Traffic Safety Office serving Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Elmore, Etowah, Jefferson, Lee, Macon, Randolph, St. Clair, Shelby, Talladega and Tallapoosa counties.
  • $ 1.21 million for the Southeast Alabama Regional Road Safety Office at Enterprise State Community College. The office serves the counties of Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes, Montgomery, Pike, Russell and Tuscaloosa.
  • $ 957,369 to the Mobile County Commission for the South West Regional Road Safety Office which serves Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Escambia, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Perry, Sumter, Washington and Wilcox counties.
  • $ 1.54 million to ALEA cover overtime for state soldiers who work overtime shifts during times and locations with a high number of speeding and impaired driving offenses.
  • $ 183,106 at Prosecution Services Office provide local prosecutors and local law enforcement with a state-wide, seasoned prosecutor who will provide training, education, legal research and technical assistance on road safety issues.

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