Williams County – Peg Buda, Williams County Safe Communities Coordinator announced that the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) awarded $25,000 in federal traffic safety funding to Williams County Health Department for federal fiscal year 2015.
Williams County Safe Communities will promote increased public awareness about alcohol impairment and distracted driving, seat belt usage, motorcycle safety awareness and fatal data review with the awarded traffic safety grant funds. These grant funds will be further utilized through planned efforts working with our local high schools for increased seat belt usage and educational awareness about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.
Competitive grant proposals are accepted and reviewed by OTSO. The FFY 2015 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). The funds are then passed through OTSO from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the efforts of safety partners statewide and focus on traffic safety priorities such as seat belt usage, impaired driving, motorcycle safety and young drivers.
The Williams County Safe Communities mission is to help save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways through leadership and partnering efforts with other public safety agencies and community members. “Partnerships are critical to the success of any safety effort and we are committed to working with our county and state safety partners to address traffic safety concerns in Williams County,” said Peg Buda, Williams County Safe Communities Coordinator.
For more information about OTSO and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio’s roadways, log http://ohiohighwaysafetyoffice.ohio.gov/index.stm