MYRTLE BEACH — A coalition of law enforcement and community leaders is getting drunken drivers off the roads in the Grand Strand and educating young people about the dangers of underage drinking.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports (http://bit.ly/PmzFn6 ) the effort is paying off.

Horry County Community Action for a Safer Tomorrow received a $165,000 federal grant for the effort. Some of the money is used to pay overtime for officers from seven law enforcement agencies who conduct DUI checkpoints.

Chairman Jeff Benton says that since March 1 the group has staged 46 DUI checkpoints and 18 saturation patrols with stepped up enforcement.

Officers have written 323 tickets, including 50 for driving under the influence.