Jefferson County accepts grant for holiday DUI checkpoints - KMOV.com

Jefferson County accepts grant for holiday DUI checkpoints

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By KMOV.com Staff By KMOV.com Staff

(KMOV) – The Jefferson County Council on Monday changed its mind and accepted money from the state for officers to operate DUI and safety checkpoints.

The council voted to accept the $22,000 grant, which will be used for checkpoints during the holiday season.

The county has the fourth highest number of accidents that lead to death or disabling injuries.

The decision comes nearly two months after the county turned down the money to stop drunk driving. At the time, an official with the Highway Safety fund, a division of MoDOT that hands out the grants, said it was the first time a city or county has ever turned down money to stop drunk driving.

The grant is part of a statewide program to reduce fatal accidents and is often spent on checkpoints to catch speeders or those not wearing seatbelts.

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