BATON ROUGE (brz) - City leaders approved a list of items Wednesday, including accepting grants for crime fighting and setting up an online driving school for the parish.

CyberActive was hired to handle courses. It was selected over a company from the Baton Rouge area, which was more expensive. The program will provide courses to people with traffic violations.

The Baton Rouge Metro Council also approved accepting grants for the city police force. Money would be spent on equipment and driver checkpoints.

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission will provide $661,000 to police officers to check for drunk drivers and speeders. Many of the enforcement programs require overtime.

A separate grant from the National Highway Insurance Crime Bureau will fund a license plate reader. The machinery is attached to police cruisers and reads and runs the background on license plates within seconds of scanning the tags.

Seven BRPD cruisers are already outfitted with the camera and computer system. The grant would pay for an eighth. Numerous other law enforcement agencies in the area have the technology, too.

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