Sheriff's office gets DUI grant

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By Jesef Williams

 A state grant has been awarded to help make the roads safer in Lancaster County.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday, Dec. 7, that it was notified two days before by the S.C. Department of Public Safety about a grant to fund a DUI Enforcement Team in Lancaster County.
The $219,131 grant will pay for salaries, retirement and other fringe benefits, equipment, vehicles, mileage and training for two deputies. The grant takes effect immediately and will run one year at a time, according to a media release from the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office can apply to renew the grant for two additional years.
Sheriff Barry Faile said his office is “extremely excited” to receive the grant, especially when considering his office was turned down for similar grants in the past.
“We didn’t give up and are thrilled to add these positions to our team,” Faile said.
“It’s really great when we can improve the services we offer and make the county safer without having to spend county funds,” he said. “Driving under the influence is something that affects all of us and if you are out there thinking about driving under the influence, don’t. Get a sober driver.  If not, your chances of being caught just got better.”

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152