Updated 09/18/2012 02:05 PM
Grant aims to combat DWIs in Guilford County
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GREENSBORO -- Guilford County is ranked third in the state for the most fatalities involving DWI but officers hope a grant from the the Governor's Highway Safety Program will make the county's roads safer. Drivers can expect an increase in checkpoints in the coming months.
“They're going to pay 100 percent on the cars, all the DWI checkpoint equipment that we are going to be receiving, and the pay for the High Point officers and the Guilford County sheriff's officers,” said Sgt. Kevin Wallace with the Guilford County Sheriff's Department.
The four-year $765,000 grant allows seven officers to be dedicated to catching folks driving under the influence. And with Guilford County ranked third in state for the most DWI fatalities, officers say this couldn't come at a better time.
“We've all seen the destruction that drunk driving causes, it's just horrific. So to have these officers dedicated full-time to deal with drunk driving is going to save a lot of lives,” said Capt. Cherie Maness with the High Point Police Department.
Officers say with the large number of impaired drivers on Guilford County's roads, this new task force will make it safer for everyone out there.
“You can get an impaired driver in the middle of the day. It will make them safe because I feel like they'll be able to get back and forth from work, school, out to eat or pleasure. Whatever they're doing they'll know they'll be safe. They won't have to worry about an impaired driver,” said Wallace.
While officers from three departments are on the task force, they say they'll be everywhere.
“We're not just going to be in High Point or Greensboro, we're going to be in the county. We're going to be in Summerfield, we're going to be in Gibsonville, we'll be in Climax. All seven officers will be able to go anywhere in the county,” Wallace said.
The task force is set to start in the coming weeks, officers say you can expect increased checkpoints as early as November.