Gov. Ivey awards $1.2 million to combat speeding and drunken driving

(Source: MGN)
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Governor’s Office) -- Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $1.2 million in grants to provide extra enforcement of Alabama’s traffic safety laws and make the state’s roadways safer.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency will use the grants to provide additional patrols and overtime in specific locations that are shown to be problem areas for speeding and drunken driving.

“Obeying Alabama’s traffic laws – following speed limits, buckling up and not driving impaired or distracted – saves lives,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend our state troopers at ALEA for the work they do to make our roadways safe for all drivers, and I am pleased to provide these funds for extra enforcement in problem areas.”

While many people are familiar with nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket” or “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” these grants allow ALEA to target these problem areas, known as “hot spots,” at various times throughout the year as needed.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“ADECA stands with Gov. Ivey in commending our state troopers for their dedication and hard work to save lives on Alabama’s highways,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.

ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation development.

Gov. Ivey notified ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor that the grants had been approved.