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9 years 6 months 5 days ago Friday, October 01 2010 Oct 1, 2010 Friday, October 01, 2010 7:44:16 PM CDT October 01, 2010 in News
COLE COUNTY - The Cole County Sheriff's Department received traffic grants that go towards keeping drivers safe. The Missouri Department of Transportation Highway Safety Division awarded $26,250 of federally-funded grants to the department. The grants will fund five sobriety checkpoints with $10,250, hazardous moving violation enforcement with $8,000, and another $8,000 will fund DWI enforcement.

Cole County Sheriff Greg White said this money helps save lives.

"In the last few years we've been able to reduce deaths by intoxicated drivers by 63 percent which is just huge," White said. "We think the state is going in the right direction on this."

White's department applies for the grant every year.  This is the first year it received the funding for DWI enforcement.

"We have no issues if people choose to drink, but we certainly have issues if people choose to drink and drive," White said.

The money will fund operations from Friday through next September.

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