SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sevierville Police are going to use thousands of dollars from a grant to target drivers who are dangerous.
Police plan more officers on the street to help curb traffic accidents in Sevierville. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)
The nearly $50,000 grant will be used by the SPD in an effort to prevent traffic accidents through education and enforcement. The grant period is October 1, 2013-September 30, 2014.
The grant was given by the State of Tennessee Governors Highway Safety Office.
Police say they'll use the money to increase the number of officers working the streets. Police hope that will curb the number of accidents.
"We utilize the money to fund overtime for officers so when you're working a shift it's hard a lot of times to do any type of traffic enforcement," said Sgt. T.C. Faulconer with Sevierville Police.
Sevierville Police say after targeting DUI drivers, seat belt use, and speeding, they've seen a difference over the past 6 years with the grant.
In the 10/1/2011-9/30/2012 year Sevierville focused more on DUI enforcement, which explains the higher arrest number.
Faulconer says people should slow down, especially in the construction zones.
"If you're blowing traffic, if you notice that you're leaving the large group of cars, there's probably a good indicator there that you're driving a little too fast, something to take into account," said Faulconer.
The grant monies will also be used to buy equipment to support these efforts. Items include vehicle mobile data terminals, radar and portable body cameras.