UConn Police have received a federal highway safety program grant in the amount of $51,000 as part of a 2008 Comprehensive Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Enforcement Program to help combat drunk driving on and around the Storrs campus.
The department was notified of the award by H. James Boice, the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative for the state Department of Transportation.
The grant was sought to assist police in combating alcohol and substance abuse and the collateral effects of such abuse when offenders drink and drive.
The grant will be used to fund DUI enforcement through the use of specific patrols targeting DUI offenders from now through Sept. 7.
Police will use mobile patrols and sobriety checkpoints or roadblocks on various dates during that time period.
All UConn police officers receive specialized training in the detection and apprehension of DUI offenders.