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Seven local agencies awarded GHSO grants

Seven local agencies awarded GHSO grants
Every agency within Weakley County designed to “serve and protect” the residents has been named a recipient of grants awarded the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
In a release issued Thursday, Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced more than $16.2 million for the purpose of supporting highway safety in the state.
Among the 332 agencies across Tennessee awarded GHSO funds, Dresden, Gleason, Greenfield, Martin and Sharon police departments, as well as the Department of Public Safety at UT Martin and the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department, received a combined $62,152.
Broken down by law enforcement agency, grant amount awarded and purpose of the funds, according to the release, include:
• Dresden Police Department: $4,996 – high visibility law enforcement campaigns;
• Gleason Police Department: $4,950 – high visibility law enforcement campaigns;
• Greenfield Police Department: $5,000 – high visibility law enforcement campaigns;
• Martin Police Department: $32,215 – Comprehensive Alcohol Risk reDuction (CARD);
• Sharon Police Department: $5,000 – high visibility law enforcement campaign;
• UT Martin: $4,989.46 – high visbility law enforcement campaign and
• Weakley County Sheriff’s Deprtment: $5,000 – high visbility law enforcement campaign.
The funds support the mission of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roadways through leadership, innovation, coordination and program support in partnership with numerous public and private organizations.
“We continue to work with local and state agencies to make our roadways safer,” Haslam said.  “These grants will support the efforts of highway safety agencies and advocates to reduce the number of people killed and injured in traffic crashes in Tennessee each year.”
There are multiple elements that contribute to a sound and safe roadway system.  Some of those aspects are an accurate traffic safety data collection and analysis system; well-trained and well-equipped law enforcement personnel; and effective emergency medical and trauma systems.  A major part of roadway safety is educating motorists about laws and good driving behaviors.
“These grants help fund a variety of enforcement, legal and educational initiatives across the state including speed enforcement, first responder equipment purchases, DUI prosecutors and child passenger safety training,” Schroer said.  
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funding for GHSO grants.
The grants are awarded to agencies that successfully applied for funding based on a defined problem and statistical need.  
Each year, the GHSO accepts applications from agencies across the state for available highway safety funds.  Applications are reviewed and scored by the GHSO and external highway safety advocates.  The agencies that meet the criteria for funding received awards.
“Grants awarded by the GHSO are provided in areas of need,” reported GHSO Director Kendell Poole.
“Statistics show our problem areas and we strive to put the funding where it will be most effective.  We are dedicated to saving lives across Tennessee and pledge to work with grantees statewide to accomplish our mission.”

WCP 10.25.11

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