JPD Awarded Grant to Help Keep Motorists Safer

NOVEMBER 13, 2006 - Posted at 3:37 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - With the goal of reducing traffic-related fatalities and injuries, the Jonesboro Police Dept. will again participate in the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) made possible by a $66,000 grant from the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration and the Arkansas Highway Safety Office.

Funding from this grant will enable JPD officers to work overtime to enforce traffic laws with an emphasis on seat belt usage, child restraint violations, and DWI/DUI enforcement.  Drivers can expect to see additional officers throughout the city enforcing these laws.  In addition, the JPD will participate in selected national enforcement projects throughout the year, which will include safety and sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and increased efforts to boost child safety seat and seat belt usage, and crack down on impaired drivers.