TROY — Miami County Public Health has announced 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 2016. This grant 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 state level to address these safety issues.”
Crash data shows that 6,858 crashes in Miami County caused 145 injuries and 28 fatalities over the three-year period of 2012, 2013 and 2014. To reduce these numbers, Miami County Public Health will focus on increasing seat belt usage and awareness, impaired driving awareness, motorcycle safety awareness, coalition building and fatal data review.
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.
For more information about OTSO and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio’s roadways, log on to http://ohiohighwaysafetyoffice.ohio.gov/index.stm