Local agencies receive state grants for highway safety

Jake Old • Oct 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced 382 agencies across the state were awarded $17.1 million in federal grants for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

Among those agencies, four are in Wilson County: Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Lebanon Police Department, Mt. Juliet Police Department and Watertown Police Department.

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will receive $16,082.34 for its Wilson County DUI Enforcement/Speed Enforcement program. The Lebanon Police Department will receive $10,104.24 for its DUI Enforcement Initiative. Mt. Juliet and Watertown police departments will receive $5,000 each for high visibility enforcement.

“Our daily goal is simple — every driver goes home safe and sound every day,” said Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner David W. Purkey.

“The Tennessee Highway Safety Office collaborates with sheriffs, police chiefs, state troopers and traffic safety partners to provide the safe environment necessary for this goal to happen.”

Each year, agencies across the state seek funding through grants with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office. Applicants who meet the required criteria and highway safety standards are awarded grants to support the THSO’s mission to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.

Grant funding is intended to provide essential highway safety training and equipment for law enforcement agencies, as well as sophisticated crash data collection analysis technology, specialized DUI prosecutors, resources for emergency response personnel and educational tools to help improve driver behavior.

“Now more than ever, our traffic safety partners need the support and resources to combat new and emerging roadway hazards,” said Jason Ivey, interim director for THSO.

“The landscape of roadway use and abuse is rapidly changing. Across the board, our state is experiencing a thriving economy that promotes increases in travel, population growth, road construction and more. This funding is crucial to protecting and educating our citizens.” 

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