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Hawkins County police receive highway safety grants

September 19th, 2012 1:33 pm by staff report

NASHVILLE — State Sen. Mike Faulk, R-Church Hill, announced Wednesday that four grants have been approved to aid Hawkins County agencies in their highway safety efforts. 

Faulk made the announcement after being notified by the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office. 

The grants include $5,000 to the Church Hill Public Safety and $5,000 to the Surgoinsville Police Department for high visibility law enforcement campaigns. 

The other grants were $14,999 to the Mount Carmel Police Department to protect citizens from those driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and $14,978 for a network coordinator grant.

“I am very pleased that our county has received these highway safety grants to help make our roads safer," Faulk said. "I also appreciate all the hard work that our local officials have done in helping us to receive these funds."

The grants were issued to agencies that successfully applied for funding based on need. 

The grants help fund a variety of enforcement, legal and educational initiatives across the state including first responder equipment purchases, DUI prosecutors, speed enforcement, and child passenger safety training. 

“These grants will give our local communities additional funds that should help upgrade their efforts to make our roads safer and to protect our citizens from those who drink and drive,” Faulk added. “We will continue to work to make our roads safer.” 

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