Funding for traffic safety enforcement programs cut
Highway deaths in Louisiana reached an all-time low in 2010.
That is a positive change for the state and an indication that Louisiana is on the right track when it comes to traffic safety.
To help make our streets safer, the Bossier City Police Department received a hefty grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission over the last few years.
The money has allowed officers to conduct more than a dozen seatbelt compliance or DWI checkpoints.
"We were told that the area we're in apparently sustained lower numbers than in the past which is good, but as a result we get fewer dollars to enforce in those types of areas, " said Bossier City spokesperson, Mark Natale.
Natale says since the city is no longer considered one of the ten most dangerous areas when it comes to driving while intoxicated and driving without seatbelts, the department will only receive $5,000 in funding.
Authorities say the $75,000 hit is huge but still not big enough to keep police from conducting checkpoints.
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