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Tennessee awards anti-drunk-driving grants to local law enforcement

September 19th, 2013 12:57 pm by Staff Report

Tennessee awards anti-drunk-driving grants to local law enforcement


Agencies in Washington County have been awarded nine grants worth more than $350,000 for anti-drunk-driving initiatives, state Sen. Rusty Crowe announced today.

“These awards are very important to our local law enforcement agencies,” Crowe (R-Johnson City) said in a news release. "They will be put to good use in keeping our roads safer.”

The awards include:

• Two grants for East Tennessee State University, including $4,995 for high visibility enforcement and $18,000 for a law enforcement coordinator;

• Four grants to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, including $4,999 for high visibility enforcement, $75,000 for the Rural Alcohol Traffic Enforcement Strategies (R.A.T.E.S.) program, $60,000 for Teens Exercising “Xemplary” Travel (T.E.X.T.) and $18,000 for a network coordinator.

•  $153,981 to the 1st Judicial District Attorney General’s office for its special DUI Prosecutor Program. The award is shared with other counties in the 1st District;

• $21,331 to the Johnson City Police Department for the Safer Johnson City Streets program;

• $5,000 to the Jonesborough Police Department for high visibility enforcement efforts.

“These funds are essential in helping us curb drunk driving,” Crowe said. “The grants should have an impact in reducing the number of alcohol-related crashes.”

The grants total $361,306 and will be disbursed by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. The grants are provided to agencies that successfully applied for funding based on problem and statistical need.  Applications were reviewed and scored by the GHSO and external highway safety advocates.

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