The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office tonight will ask County Council for permission to apply for a grant to combat drunk driving.

The $161,000 grant would come from the state Department of Public Safety’s Office of Highway Safety. It’s a three-year grant program and the Sheriff’s Office has received money for the past two years.

The money this year would be used to pay for two full-time employees, office supplies and radio fees.

In the last two months of 2011, the grant-funded program resulted in 14 DUI arrests, 211 speeding violations, and eight check points, said Sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Jim Brady. The Office had the grant for the entire year in 2012. It resulted in 114 DUI arrests, 1,251 speeding violations and 12 check points.

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