For the Troy Daily News
TROY — Miami County Public Health (MCPH) has announced today that the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) awarded $35,000 in federal traffic safety funding for a Safe Communities Grant for federal fiscal year 2017. This is the second year MCPH has received this grant. It will allow MCPH to educate and increase awareness throughout the county on safe driving practices through participation in local festivals, school presentations and other programming.
“These funds are critical in ensuring that we are doing everything we possibly can to keep our local community safe,” said Miami County Public Health Commissioner Dennis Propes. “Crash data, speed, impaired driving, young driver involvement and restraint use is a priority for Miami County and we are committed to working with our partners at the local and state level to address these safety issues.”
Data shows there have been 28 traffic fatalities in Miami County over the three-year period of 2012, 2013 and 2014. To reduce these numbers, the Safe Communities Coalition will be promoting traffic safety through education and awareness events with the grant funds.
“The partnerships created through our coalition are essential in achieving our program’s goals,” said Miami County Safe Communities Coordinator Kari Boyle. “We all have an important part towards safer roads in Miami County.”
The funds are passed through OTSO from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the efforts of safety partners statewide and will 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.