Monday, the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security (TDOSHS) joined the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to announce law enforcement agencies and partners across Tennessee who will be awarded federal grant funds to support local highway safety initiatives. Approximately 400 grants exceeding $18 million will be distributed statewide from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through the THSO for the 2017-2018 Federal Fiscal Year (FFY).
“The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office will receive $15,000 in grant money for overtime and equipment as part of the impaired driving enforcement initiative,” stated Sheriff Clint Shrum.
Other local law enforcement agencies to receive grant monies include Tracy City Police Department – $3,000 for high visibility enforcement; Monteagle Police Department- $3,000 for high visibility enforcement; Marion County Sheriff’s Office – $5,000 for high visibility enforcement; Jasper Police Department- $5,000 for high visibility enforcement; South Pittsburg Police Department – $20,000 for a network coordinator; and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office – $13,000 for high visibility enforcement and an impaired driving program.
“Highway safety enforcement and education initiatives are critical components to preventing highway fatalities,” said Commissioner David W. Purkey of the TDOSHS. “We cannot lower statewide fatality numbers without strong partnerships within our local communities. That is why these funds are so important.”
Every year, traffic safety advocates, non-profit organizations, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, District Attorneys’ offices, and other state agencies across Tennessee seek funding through grant applications offered by the THSO. Applicants who meet the required data-driven criteria and highway safety standards are awarded grant funds to support the THSO’s mission to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.
“Our highway safety partners are dedicated men and women who work tirelessly to protect Tennessee roadways every day,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “The THSO grant funding provides essential highway safety training and equipment for law enforcement agencies, sophisticated crash data collection analysis technology, specialized DUI prosecutors, resources for emergency response personnel, and educational tools to help improve driver behavior.”