Carroll Sheriff receives $29,000 in grants
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 10:00 AM
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office received nearly $29,000 from federal and state agencies to help increase traffic safety enforcement details throughout the county.
One of the grants - $6,000 from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Office of Highway Safety - began in January with a goal to increase DUI arrests and increase speeding citations. The grant will allow officers to have an increased presence on roadways throughout Carroll County.
"We are pleased to receive a grant that will allow us to increase enforcement details that will protect all motorists traveling through Carroll County," Sheriff Jamie Kinman said in a release.
The department set goals to increase DUI arrests from 31 in 2011 to 35 in 2013. The sheriff's office also set goals to increase speeding citations from 32 in 2011 to 39 for the 2013 fiscal year.
The second grant - worth nearly $23,000 from the National Sheriffs' Association - will help the department focus on increased use of seat belts and child restraint seats. The grant will begin in April and provide educational materials to the area, as well as funds for enforcement.
A program, called "Click It Carroll County," will teach children and adults about the importance of wearing a seat belt at all times while riding in a vehicle. Seat belt enforcements will be from April 1 through Sept. 30.
The grants will provide extra funds for enforcement details by sheriff's department deputies, as well as Carrollton Police Department officers.
"This is definitely a collaborative effort between our local law enforcement agencies," Kinman said in a release. "Protection of our citizens is a goal of the police department and sheriff's office, and we will be working together to enforce safety measures."
Kinman said the extra details have been difficult to provide because of the current funding available to the sheriff's office.
"We want everyone to be aware of these details and know that deputies and police officers will be increasing their presence and enforcement of all traffic safety laws," Kinman said.