STEP Grant allows for extra enforcement by JPD

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro Police say drivers can expect DWI checkpoints later this week.

Black River Technical College will bring their Breath Alcohol Testing sobriety checkpoint vehicle (BAT Mobile) to Jonesboro.

According to Lt. Steve McDaniel with the police department, checkpoints will begin around 9 p.m. Thursday and run from four to six hours.

McDaniel said officers will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers as well as ensure that all drivers have a valid driver's license and vehicle registration.

The federal and state funded Specific Traffic Enforcement Program or STEP grant allows for extra enforcement by paying officers overtime.

"Just like it sounds, we're looking for people who aren't wearing their seat belts and for DWI violations so depending on which mobilization period it is, we may work at different hours of the day to try and target those particular violations," McDaniel said.

From 2008-2012, there were 50 deaths on Jonesboro roadways. Twelve of those deaths were alcohol related.

The city received $92,000 from the STEP Grant. They matched the grant with $72,500.

This is the 19th year Jonesboro has been involved in the STEP Grant. The program also allows $10,000 for car seats and installation clinics.

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