ENTERPRISE, Ala (WDHN) — Over a million dollars is coming to the Highway Safety Office at Enterprise State Community College in a new grant distribution announced by Gov. Kay Ivey to help with statewide programs designed to increase safety on roads and in communities.
These grants have been split into three different categories including Highway Safety, Forensic Training and Equipment, and Compliance.
In the Highway safety category, $5 million in grants have been awarded to the state’s four regional traffic safety offices. These grants will go to support the efforts to make Alabama’s roads safer by preventing injuries and fatalities.
Those efforts include covering overtime for officers and allowing state troopers and sheriffs’ deputies to conduct extra patrols and checkpoints during peak travel times to target speeding, seat belt violations, and impaired driving.
$1.14 million of the $5 million will go to the Southeast Alabama Regional Highway Safety Office at Enterprise State Community College. This will help serve Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes, Montgomery, Pike, Russell, Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, and Tuscaloosa counties.
$1.66 million will go to the city of Opelika for the East Central Alabama Highway Safety Office. This office serves Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Elmore, Etowah, Jefferson, Lee, Macon, Randolph, St. Clair, Shelby, Talladega, and Tallapoosa counties.
$1.42 million is going to the Franklin County Commission for the North Central Alabama Highway Safety Office. This office serves Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Jackson, Madison, Marshall, Marion, Morgan, Pickens, Walker, and Winston counties.
$993,266 will be awarded to the Mobile County Commission for the Southwest Regional Highway Safety Office which serves Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Escambia, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Perry, Sumter, Washington, and Wilcox counties.
$203,558 will go to the University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety. The university will use the funds for technology development projects that improve data quality, timeliness, completeness, and the efficiency of officers and emergency medical services personnel across the state.
For Forensic Training and Equipment, two grants totaling $240,000 will go to the Alabama Department of Corrections Law Enforcement Services Division and Jacksonville State University for law enforcement equipment and forensics training to be utilized statewide.
A $103,343 grant will go to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. This will be used to ensure compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
These grants were awarded by Governor Kay Ivey with funds made available to the state by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice.