Traffic Safety Promotion Grants of $91,000 Awarded to Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department
CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH – The
Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department has secured three grant awards
totaling $91,013 through the State of Ohio’s High Visibility Enforcement
Overtime (HVEO) program and the Drugged Driving
Enforcement Program (DDEP).
“These traffic safety promotion
grants allow us to educate and assist our residents on traffic safety
issues and to reduce drug and alcohol related incidents for a safer
Cuyahoga County,” said Cuyahoga County Sheriff
David Schilling, Jr. “This funding is vital in allowing us to
target unsafe driving behaviors and other safety issues directly
affecting our community.”
The first grant, the Selective Traffic
Enforcement Program (STEP) High Visibility Enforcement (HVE), is for
$34,769. This is a universal traffic safety approach designed to create
deterrence and change unlawful traffic behaviors.
HVE combines highly visible and proactive law enforcement targeting a
specific traffic safety issue.
The second grant, from the Impaired Driving
Enforcement Program (IDEP), is for $45,932. This program works to
reduce the number of traffic-related fatal crashes and to decrease the
number of alcohol-related fatal and serious injury
crashes. The Sheriff's Department will increase its visibility and
presence in higher risk areas to meet these goals.
The third grant, from the Drugged Driving
Enforcement Program (DDEP) is for $10,312. This program will allow the
Sheriff’s Department to conduct high visibility drugged driving
enforcement in locations and at times that will have
the greatest impact in reducing drugged driving fatal crashes.
Secondly, the grant is intended to help raise public awareness of the
drugged driving problem through local media and personal contacts.
These funds are from the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation. They are
awarded to eligible entities to be used in part for,
but not limited to, traffic safety education, enforcement and