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Area Law Enforcement Officers Trained In Public Safety Checkpoints
web posted November 28, 2012
EDGEFIELD – More than 60 area
officers and sheriff’s deputies were trained earlier this year in
conducting public safety checkpoints. The training was sponsored by the
Community Action for a Safer Edgefield coalition, a local group seeking
to reduce DUI crashes in Edgefield County.
“Edgefield County recently ranked sixth in the state in the percentage
of traffic crashes that were DUI-related,” said coalition coordinator
Allen Easler. “Research has shown that public safety checkpoints reduce
impaired driving crashes and keep the roads safer for everyone.”
Class attendees learned about the best practice standards for
implementing public safety checkpoints, state and federal case law
regarding checkpoints, crash data analysis methods, and alcohol use
trends among young adult drinkers. The attendees also set up a
mock checkpoint in order to gain practical experience.
The Community Action for a Safer Edgefield coalition is composed of
community members concerned with the high rate of alcohol- and
drug-related traffic crashes in Edgefield County. The coalition
meets regularly to plan and evaluate its efforts.
The coalition’s efforts are funded through a grant from the US
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the SC
Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services. Cornerstone,
the alcohol and drug abuse commission serving Greenwood, Edgefield,
McCormick, and Abbeville counties, administers the grant.
For more information about the coalition, visit www.asaferedgefield.org
or contact Easler at Cornerstone at 803-637-9336.
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