Law enforcement loses traffic grants

(WEAU) - Drivers often dread seeing red and blue lights flashing in the rear view mirror, because it usually means you're being pulled over by a police officer.

"Speed and aggressive driving still remain the number one causes or contributing factors in crashes that we do investigate,” said Eau Claire County Sergeant Carl Duncan.

Last year 4,256 tickets were written by the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department.

But without a traffic grant from the Department of Transportation, deputies will have less time to monitor the roads.

"Traffic enforcement is a discretionary activity, it means its done when deputies have the time to do it,” said Carl.

Deputy Sheriff James Haworth says the roads are safer when officers are on traffic duty.

"It’s very important, we are a very mobile society we do a lot in our automobiles and people do need to feel safe when their on the roads,” said Eau Claire County Deputy Sheriff James Haworth.

Last year, grant money paid for officers to concentrate on speeders for 639 hours.

The money allows the department to pay overtime to deputies assigned to traffic enforcement.

"With Eau Claire being a major hub for retail and medical, its not only Eau Claire residents that are using Eau Claire counties roads,” said Carl.

"We're very resourceful we can find new ways or better ways or more efficient ways to do traffic enforcement," said James.

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