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5/5/2011 - State Grant Helps County Fight Drunken Driving

State Grant Helps County Fight Drunken Driving

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office is adding a drunken driving enforcement capability thanks to a recent New Jersey grant. Sheriff Robert Austino said last week the $34,256 grant will pay overtime for sobriety patrols and to buy equipment this year.

State Grant Helps County Fight Drunken DrivingAustino said the equipment includes the office's first machine to test for alcohol by analyzing breath. The office used a separate grant to mount sobriety patrols last Christmas. Otherwise, it has not been regularly active in drunk driving enforcement.

Austino said officers have received training

Cumberland County New Jersey Sheriff Robert Austino
Sheriff Austino
 
in drunken driving detection and enforcement, and been certified on the Alcotest brand machine.

"With this grant, we will be actively working to help make highways in the county safer," Austino said.

The grant is from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. It is the first such grant to a sheriff's office.