The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership was awarded a grant n the amount of $105,875.00 from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to conduct several enforcement campaigns to prevent traffic injuries and fatalities.
The funding was provided by the National Traffic Safety Highway Administration, as part of the state’s Comprehensive Highway Injury Reduction Program, or CHIRP.
The grant allows agencies to step up their efforts during holidays and other times of year that area associated with heavy drinking or substance abuse in order to maintain safety on the roadways of Elkhart County.
The funds will be used by the department to conduct overtime patrols and carry out several targeted enforcement campaigns throughout the year. Those include national mobilizations, like Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket, as well as others developed and driven by the state, such as the Stop Arm Violation Enforcement program.
The campaigns mainly target dangerous, impaired or unrestrained drivers, and will occur during peak travel seasons and notorious drinking holidays, like St. Patrick’s Day and Labor Day weekend.