Today, Sheriff Robert S. Leahy announced the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS), Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) awarded $51,427.62 in federal traffic safety funding to the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office for federal fiscal year 2018.
”These funds are essential to provide additional manpower patrolling our county roadways,” said Sheriff Leahy. “It is a high priority for us to make our roads safe to travel.
Enforcing speed limit laws, locating and stopping impaired drivers and encouraging the use of seat belts with our partners in law enforcement will have an impact to reduce crash fatalities in Clermont County”
Crash data shows that last year there were 84 alcohol related injury crashes and 19 automobile crash related fatalities in Clermont County.
To reduce these numbers, we will be conducting high-visibility enforcement, working overtime hours and holding educational and awareness events with the grant funds.
The funds are passed through ODPS 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 OTSO, with funds awarded to projects that will have the greatest impact on reducing fatal crashes or significantly improving traffic safety systems.