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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – For the first time in five years, the number of deadly crashes in Columbus County is down.
Investigators said recently that over the past few years the county has averaged 25 deaths each year. But this year, that number is down by six.
Deputies believe the decrease is due to a grant they received back in 2010 through the Governor's Highway Safety Program. It allows two deputies to focus on nothing but DWIs and enforcing traffic laws.
"It makes us feel good about what we do," said Sgt. Blake Potter with the Columbus County sheriff's office. "It makes us feel like our efforts in DWI enforcement that our department has put forth, in conjunction with other agencies, is helping."
The grant will last for two years. The sheriff's office hopes to continue the program after that.
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