The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety awarded the Avondale Police Department approximately $20,000 to step up its DUI enforcement efforts.

“The city of Avondale wishes to thank the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) for facilitating federal grants to help the police department more effectively combat DUI violations in the city,” Avondale Police spokesman Sgt. Eric Spano said.

The funds will be used to cover overtime costs for public safety personnel involved in enhanced DUI enforcement in the city. The GOHS awarded Avondale a year-long contract of $20,000 to meet the following goals and objectives:

• Increase enforcement capabilities by implementing additional personnel through overtime to participate in DUI enforcement activities.

• To decrease the number of impaired-related crashes.

• To decrease fatalities and serious injuries in impaired-related crashes.