Today Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchinson announced the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) awarded $34,559.60 in federal traffic safety funding to the Sheriff’s Office for federal fiscal year 2014. This money will allow extra deputies to be on patrol with the goal of reducing serious crashes.
“Partnerships are critical to the success of any safety effort and we are committed to working with safety partners to address traffic safety concerns in Wayne County. This funding will allow more deputies to be on patrol and will provide greater safety to the citizens” said Sheriff Hutchinson.
The funds are passed through OTSO 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 OTSO. The FFY 2014 competitive grant process solicited grant proposals from state agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, universities, hospitals, political subdivisions and other interested groups within selected Ohio counties and jurisdictions (based upon the number of fatal crashes).