Williamson County Sheriff gets grant money to target distracted and impaired drivers

FROM: Franklin Homepage


The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has received $40,000 in federal grant funds from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to support highway safety efforts.

The WCSO Traffic Unit will use the funds to get distracted and impaired drivers off our roads.  It will be used for overtime pay for deputies and equipment for sobriety checkpoints and for high traffic times of the year, including holidays, when we have extra Deputies working on patrol for traffic enforcement.

The THSO distributed $22 million in federal grant funds statewide from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the 2018-2019 Federal Fiscal Year. Over 350 federal grants exceeding $19 million have been awarded to law enforcement agencies and highway safety partners across Tennessee. Approximately $3 million in media grant funds will be allocated for highway safety education and public awareness campaigns.

“Every year, traffic safety advocates, non-profit organizations, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, District Attorneys’ offices, and other state agencies across Tennessee seek funding through grant applications offered by the THSO,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “Applicants who meet the required data-driven criteria and highway safety standards are awarded grant funds to support the THSO’s mission to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.”

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