The Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) has officially initiated its 2016 Highway Safety Grant.
The $16,000 grant, up from $12,500 in 2015, began in mid-December 2015 and runs through the first of October 2016, according to LPD Assistant Chief of Police David Riley.
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.
“The main purpose is to reduce fatalities,” Riley said of the grant in a previous interview. “There is usually an officer out working federal overtime on a daily basis.”
Officers participating in federal overtime do so through various federal and state overtime campaigns throughout the year, including Click It or Ticket, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, and Blue Lights Across Kentucky.
Riley said the LPD will also likely partner with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police—as well as the Clarkson and Caneyville Police Departments, if they choose to participate—in 2016 to set up road blocks.
Traditionally, Leitchfield police officers have worked an estimated 350 to 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.
For more information regarding highway safety grants and campaigns, as well as tips to help make Kentucky’s roadways safer, visit the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety’s website at http://transportation.ky.gov.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.