Watch Your Speed

If you're planning to drive through Barbour County, you may want to keep a close eye on your speedometer.

The sheriff's office recently received a $25,000 grant from the Southeast Alabama Medical Center of Dothan to help enforce traffic safety on Highway 431.

Under the grant, the department must issue a minimum of two traffic citations an hour.

Those tickets include all traffic violations, not just speeding.

The money will mostly be spent to pay for the additional patrols.

“It means a lot to our county, especially our deputies who are very underpaid to start with. It allows them to get out and make some extra money to help support their families, but it also allows us to get out here and take more criminals off the roads and slow some of this traffic down,” said Chief Deputy Eddie Ingram.

Since receiving the funds, the Barbour County Sheriff's Office has made 36 additional arrests, mostly felony charges.

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