La Crosse County Sheriff's Dept. receives traffic grants

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area sheriff’s department has received grants which will help keep the roads safer.

The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded traffic grants from the Bureau of Transportation Safety.

A $10,000 seat belt grant will be used for over time deployments, and a $25,000 OWI grant will be used for overtime deployments and to buy three updated portable radios.

The sheriff’s department said its goal isn’t to write more tickets, but to encourage drivers and passengers to voluntarily follow traffic laws.

“Knowing that we’re going to be out there and spreading the word just helps to create the public awareness, and then more people are going use their seatbelt and more people are going to realize that when they’re out and having a good time that maybe it’s time to get a responsible driver to drive them home,” said Sgt. Brandon Penzkover.

The grants will be used through September.

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