Columbia renews annual grant for public safety funding

3 years 11 months 1 week ago Monday, November 03 2014 Nov 3, 2014 Monday, November 03, 2014 5:23:00 PM CST November 03, 2014 in News
By: Jeffrey Militzer, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council will start its first step toward renewing the grants for traffic safety at its regular meeting Monday.

This year, the city would be receiving $115,712.40 from the Missouri Department of Transportation in the form of a grant if approved by the city council.

"The funds help officers fund overtime for officers to come in and do extra traffic enforcement," said Sgt. Curtis Perkins, Columbia Police traffic unit supervisor.

The ordinances that would finalize the grant agreement are for the added enforcement of hazardous moving violations, such as driving too close to another car, drivers wearing seatbelts, and DWI enforcement.

Seven people were killed over the last four years in accidents while not wearing their seatbelts in Columbia according to Missouri Statewide Traffic Accident Records System, or STARS. STARS is the standard reporting website law enforcement must use when accidents occur.

Speeding is also a major concern of the Columbia Police Department.

"One of the things we see in a lot of traffic crashes is speed," Perkins said. "It affects your stopping distance, it affects your reaction time."

STARS reports speed-related crashes accounted for the deaths of nine people in Columbia over the last four years.

"We want to remind everyone when they're out driving to watch your speed, do not use your cell phone while driving, and do not be impaired behind the wheel of a car," Perkins said.

The city council will finalize the grant process over the next few weeks. Once finalized, it would retroactively fund Columbia Police from Oct. 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri vehicle owners will be getting new red, white and blue license plates to commemorate the... More >>
20 minutes ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 5:48:16 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A New York man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of attempting to produce child pornography.... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 4:21:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Jerome Sally, a Hickman High School assistant principal, is suing Columbia Public Schools as a result of "systemic... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 3:23:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe made a stop in Columbia Tuesday to campaign for Proposition D, the gas tax... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 1:28:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Royal Inn manager said Tuesday the maintenance team was beginning renovations when the building's second-floor walkway came... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 1:25:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A federal judge sent the lawsuit over Kenneth Suttner's death back to circuit court on Friday after... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 1:01:17 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The problem of unsolicited robocalls has gotten so bad that... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:19:50 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Kansas woman connected to a deadly car crash in Boone County has been sentenced to five years... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:27:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Boonville man will spend the next decade in prison after pleading guilty to a deadly 2017 shooting.... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:13:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
CALIFORNIA - A former employee in the Russellville and California school districts pleaded guilty Friday to having sexual contact with... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:43:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Water levels on the Mississippi River are dropping north of St. Louis after high waters forced... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:38:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A man will spend the next nine years in prison after pleading guilty to a deadly November 2017... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:37:36 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Treasurer’s Office put out a warning monday about a tax scam attempt. According... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:12:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities have charged a suburban St. Louis man with stabbing a woman 17 times after catching... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:06:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The state Capitol building is set to receive interior upgrades after the Missouri Capitol Commission met with... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 7:38:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a suspect in two deadly St. Louis shootings has been linked to a third.... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 7:14:33 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Joanne Garone Behnke has replayed every possible scenario in her mind a hundred times. ... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 8:44:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Columbia Public School's out-of-school suspension rates for black students is double the rate of out-of-school suspensions given to white... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 8:06:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 56°
6pm 56°
7pm 53°
8pm 50°
9pm 48°