Sheriff’s department receives grant

The Northwestern • January 7, 2009

More officers will be patrolling highways throughout the county in an effort to make roads safer and decrease the number of traffic fatalities.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department received a $15,000 grant from the state to fund overtime for officers dedicated to enforcement focused of traffic violations, speeding and seat belt usage as part of the state’s newest traffic safety campaign, Lt. Todd Christie said.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation launched Zero in Wisconsin on Monday, a campaign that aims to save lives and reduce traffic deaths in Wisconsin.

The grant will allow the department to have four officers out for four-hour periods on select dates through August. On average, there will be two details per month, Christie said.

The department ran its first enforcement effort Monday and officers conducted 25 traffic stops for speeding, seat belt violations, driving without a driver’s license and other equipment issues, Christie said.