ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's office announced Tuesday that it was awarded a grant for $181,642 by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
The money will go toward conducting extra seat belt enforcement, DWI patrols, and underage alcohol enforcement. The Sheriff's Office said the money is part of a commitment to keeping roadways in St. Tammany Parish safe.
"Our goal is to raise awareness and to reduce the number of fatal and injury related crashes in St. Tammany Parish," said Sheriff Randy Smith.
As part of the effort, deputies will increase patrols during the weekends and holidays. The Sheriff's Office says this is the time when most alcohol-related crashes occur. Deputies will also conduct sobriety checkpoints.
The funds for the grant go into effect for the 2017 fiscal year.