The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a $194,230 grant by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to be utilized as part of the statewide Fatal and Injury Crash Reduction Effort. The funds will be used to supply additional manpower to conduct extra seat belt enforcement, DWI patrols and underage alcohol enforcement in St. Tammany Parish. Sheriff Randy Smith said the goal is to save lives by using the funds to raise awareness and reduce the number of fatal and injury related crashes in St. Tammany. As part of these efforts, the STPSO will increase deputy patrols in neighborhoods and on our highways during weekends and holidays. These are the times when statistics show most alcohol related crashes occur. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will also use this funding to conduct sobriety checkpoints throughout the year. Sheriff Smith said that if you choose to consume alcohol, don’t drive. Have a designated driver or call a cab. He added, if all options fail, call them and they will find you a safe ride home.