October 20, 2011 - Sheriff Phil Plummer announced today that the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) awarded $82,406.53 in federal traffic safety funding to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for federal fiscal year 2012.
“These funds are essential in ensuring that we are doing everything we possibly can to keep our local community safe,” said Sheriff Plummer. “Based on crash data, impaired driving enforcement and occupant restraint use is a priority in Montgomery County, and we are pleased to work with our partners at the state level to address this safety issue.”
Crash data shows that 1,763 crashes related to impaired driving caused 1,110 injuries and 59 fatalities in Montgomery County over the three-year period of 2008, 2009 and 2010. To reduce these numbers, deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting high visibility enforcement, working overtime hours and holding educational and awareness events with the grant funds.
The funds are passed through OCJS 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 the OCJS, with funds awarded to projects that will have the greatest impact on reducing fatal crashes or significantly improving traffic safety systems.
Visit http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov for more information about the Office of Criminal Justice Services and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio’s roadways.