Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Receives Grants To Improve Highway Safety

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The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office received a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety for overtime enforcement activities.  These activities will be held in conjunction with the “Click It or Ticket” high-visibility mobilization.

Officers will be out in force, cracking down on drivers who fail to buckle up and fail properly restrain children. Area motorists can expect to see extra patrols and saturation patrols beginning May 18, 2020, and ending May 31, 2020. There will be no checkpoint locations due to precautions from COVID-19.

The objective is to increase the statewide observed seat belt use of front seat outboard occupants in passenger vehicles from 85.5% to 88.1% by December 31, 2020.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office also received a grant from the Nebraska Department of Transportation, Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO) to purchase One in-car camera system according to Bill Kovarik, Interim Administrator for the NDOT Highway Safety Office.

“In-car cameras have become vital for law enforcement these days. The industry is becoming more technologically sophisticated and this will help improve both highway and law enforcement safety,” stated Kovarik.

The NDOT-HSO has utilized this funding primarily to aid local law enforcement in obtaining in-car cameras and alcohol testing equipment used to assist in the apprehension and conviction of impaired drivers. The total grant funding assistance for this project is up to $3,500.00.

“Law enforcement serves an essential role in our community and they have to be properly equipped to do their jobs. Their dedication and this funding continue to positively impact alcohol-related crashes and the injuries and fatalities that result,” Kovarik said.

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