Grants to pay for in-car cameras and radar units for the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.
The Nebraska Office of Highway Safety has awarded the sheriff’s department $11,689 in grant funding to buy three in-car camera systems and two mobile radar units.
Cass County Chief Deputy Sheriff Brad Lahm says some of the equipment will be replacing much older equipment. All cars used for patrol purposes will be equipped with camera systems, he said.
NOHS Administrator Fred Zwonechek said that “utilizing this equipment has demonstrated positive results in reducing traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.”
The local grant money comes from national highway safety alcohol initiative funds. NOHS officials have used this money to provide state and local police with in-car cameras and alcohol testing equipment. Local and state law enforcement officials use this technology to stop and convict drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
A total of 78 people were arrested for DUI in Cass County in 2011. Cass County sheriff’s deputies made 35 of those arrests. Nebraska State Patrol troopers made 23 arrests and Plattsmouth police officers made 20.
There had been 129 DUI arrests in 2009 and 111 in 2010.
The 2012 statistics are close to being released.
The Cassgam reports Cass is one of 23 counties designated as "Priority Counties" by the NOHS for the 2013 fiscal year. That designation puts agencies such as the Cass County Sheriff`s Department and Plattsmouth Police Department first in line for funding assistance with the goal of reducing fatal and serious injury crashes.
Grants zero in on the traffic safety areas of occupant protection, youth driving, alcohol impaired driving and/or speeding. A higher incidence of motorists speeding was the factor in the designation of Cass as a "Priority County" this year.