Delaware County Sheriff’s Office awarded Traffic Safety Grant
Sheriff Russell Martin today announced the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) awarded a little more than $65,000 in federal traffic safety funding to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office for federal fiscal year 2012, which began October 1 and continues through September 30, 2013.
Numbers compiled by the Ohio Department of Transportation show 1,356 traffic crashes
occurred in the county during 2011. Among these crashes, 15 people died and 110 were seriously injured
“While the number of crashes has decreased slightly from 2010 to 2011, the number of
deaths resulting from crashes increased,” said Sheriff Martin. “This grant funding will allow the office to attempt to increase the public perception about traffic laws throughout the year by conducting highly visible enforcement activities.”
Enforcement activities may take a number of formats, such as national mobilizations, local blitz periods and overtime enforcement programs based on local needs and as supported by local problem identification.
The funds are passed through OCJS from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the efforts of safety partners statewide and focus on traffic safety priority areas such as restraint use, impaired driving, motorcycle safety and youthful drivers.
Competitive grant proposals are accepted and reviewed by OCJS, with funds awarded to projects that will have the greatest impact on reducing fatal crashes or significantly improving traffic safety systems.
For more information about the Office of Criminal Justice Services and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio’s roadways, log on to < http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov >.