Councilwoman recommends coalition take over grant for DWI checkpoints

The Richmond Public Safety Committee said grants for DWI checkpoints are out of their hands.
Committee Chairman Bob Bond told the Council Tuesday night that the issue was a moot point because the Police Chief Terri McWilliams told the council she does not need approval.
Councilwoman Terrie Stanley said that the Ray County Coalition should be the entity to handle the grant.
The grant, from the Missouri Department of Transportation, would purchase equipment and pay overtime salaries for police officers. Currently, Ray County is using equipment provided by Jackson County.
Former Councilwoman Beverly Gorham addressed the council Tuesday night and became emotional while talking about an accident that three of her grandchildren were involved in. Gorham pleaded with the council for their support of the grant.
“I believe in my heart that if there had been a DWI checkpoint along that road, that this drunk driver would have possibly been stopped,” Gorham said.
Stanley told Gorham that she isn’t against DWI checkpoints
“I didn’t say ‘no’ to it, I said Ray County Coalition should take over it,” Stanley said.
The council took no action.

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