published Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Chattanooga police get major grant to beef up traffic enforcement

Expect to see beefed up enforcement on city streets by the Chattanooga Police Department which has received a $100,000 grant from the Governor's Highway Safety Office to reduce the number of fatalities, DUI offenders and serious crashes.

The grant will allow the department to step up enforcement through the remainder of this year and possibly into 2015, according to a news released from the Chattanooga Police Department.

The operation will cover all areas of Chattanooga. Twenty-four officers will work four-hour shifts each with a focus on all alcohol- related charges such as DUI, open container and underage drinking. The grant officers will also emphasize any violations that endanger lives such as speed, texting, and reckless driving, the news release stated.

The hours will be flexed throughout the week so that constant coverage is ensured.

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