Hartsville seeks grant to continue anti-DUI program

January 9, 2019

HARTSVILLE, S.C. — For the past two years, the city of Hartsville has received grant funding from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety to fund anti-DUI efforts in the city.

On Tuesday, the Hartsville City Council approved a resolution authorizing the city to apply for another $75,000 grant to fund the program for a third year.

Most of the money enables the city to fund a DUI officer for the Hartsville Police Department. But the money will also help purchase equipment for the city’s Impaired Driving Countermeasures Program, City Manager Natalie Zeigler said.

City officials say the money helps the city protect its residents from drunken drivers. Without the grant, the city would have to fund all of the cost of the program itself to continue the program, according to officials.

The grant comes through the department’s Office of Highway Safety.

Tuesday’s meeting was the council’s first regular meeting of the new year.

It was also the first meeting without former Councilman Billy Shirley, who resigned from the District 6 council seat in November to move closer to family in the Upstate. Shirley’s last official council meeting was Dec. 11.

A special election will be held on Feb. 19 to fill the District 6 seat for the remainder of Shirley’s term. Bobby McGee and Casey Copeland are the two candidates running for the seat.

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