The Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) was recently awarded a $16,000 Highway Safety Grant for 2016.
The grant is used to provide federal overtime for Leitchfield police officers, who will focus on traffic violations, such as neglecting to wear a seatbelt, DUIs, speeders, and drivers without insurance, according to Assistant Leitchfield Chief of Police David Riley.
“The main purpose is to reduce fatalities,” Riley said. “There is usually an officer out working federal overtime on a daily basis.”
The LPD’s current, 2015 Highway Safety Grant, which totaled $12,500, will expire on Wednesday, Sept. 30, and the 2016 grant will go into effect the next day (Thursday, Oct. 1) and run through June 30, 2016, Riley said.
The grant helps to fund the LPD’s participation in various federal overtime campaigns throughout the year, including Click It or Ticket, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, and Blue Lights Across Kentucky.
Traditionally, Leitchfield police officers have worked an estimated 350-450 hours during federal overtime campaigns, and the work has paid off, according to Riley.
When officers are out working federal overtime looking for traffic violations, Riley said, they will usually see an increase in seatbelt usage and a decrease in injury accidents and violations relating to alcohol.
2016 marks the LPD’s eighth year participating in the highway safety campaigns.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.