LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) - The Laurel Police Department has received two grants which will provide funds to crack down on drunk driving and enforce seat belt safety regulations.
The Impaired Driver Grant and the Traffic Services Grant, totaling more than $120,000, will go toward paying overtime for officers and help purchase equipment needed to enforce traffic laws.
Laurel Police Chief Tommy Cox said these grants are a win-win by allowing officers more overtime and helping to keep the streets safe.
“It allows the officers to make extra money in coming in and filling a purpose, and they do, as you can see by the numbers, they’ve been out here working, writing these tickets and stopping these cars, and I’m hoping that gets in everybody’s mind, ’Hey, they’re out here doing this.’ Slow down. Don’t drink and drive. Let’s put our seat belt on. Hopefully, this will cut down on our traffic accidents, traffic fatalities and things such as that,”Cox said.
According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, one out of two drivers involved with traffic fatalities were not wearing a seat belt.