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Grant to aid public safety programs

MONTGOMERY The Franklin County Commission received a $1.42 million grant from the governor Wednesday to aid public safety on the roads.

The grant is part of a $5.6 million package Gov. Kay Ivey announced to support statewide programs designed to increase public safety on Alabama’s highways and in communities.

“Public safety is a core mission of my administration. Our state, regional, county and municipal law enforcement officers do a tremendous job keeping our state and her communities safe,” said Ivey. “I am pleased to award these grants to support the programs that help our officers receive the training and resources needed to fulfill their mission to serve and protect our communities and our highways.”

The grant to the Franklin County Commission is for the North Central Alabama Highway Safety Office. It serves Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Jackson, Madison, Marshall, Marion, Morgan, Pickens, Walker and Winston counties.

The grants to the state’s four regional traffic safety offices will cover overtime for police officers, allowing state troopers and sheriffs’ deputies to conduct extra patrols and checkpoints during peak travel times targeting speeding, seat belt violations and impaired driving.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) is administering the grants from funds made available to the state by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice.

ADECA manages a wide array of programs that support law enforcement and traffic safety, energy conservation, water resource management, economic development and recreation.

“ADECA stands with Governor Ivey in support of our state and local law enforcement agencies who are helping make Alabama safer,” said Director Kenneth Boswell.

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