Sheirff’s office receives grant

Staff Reports

MIAM COUNTY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office has once again been awarded a traffic enforcement grant for fiscal year 2016.

This will mark the 11th consecutive year the sheriff’s office has been awarded federal monies for traffic enforcement throughout the county, according to Sheriff Charles Cox. The funds are administered by the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. The sheriff’s office was awarded a total of $54,040.89 to be expended solely on overtime for extra traffic enforcement and some fuel costs.

A total of 1,100 man hours will be spent on extra traffic enforcement throughout the upcoming year, Cox said. The goal of the extra traffic enforcement is to reduce the number of fatal and injury crashes on Miami County roadways and increase restraint usage along with removing impaired drivers, he said. Deputies will be strictly enforcing all of Ohio’s traffic statutes with special emphasis on removing impaired drivers and seatbelt enforcement while working the grant details.

Most of the extra traffic enforcement details will be assigned during holidays when vehicular travel increases as well incidences of drinking and driving, according to Cox. By having extra deputies on patrol it will also enable them to be available to offer roadside assistance to motorists in addition to having a deterrent effect on criminal activity by the mere presence of additional deputies on Miami County roadways, Cox said.

Deputies will be working a total of 80 overtime hours during the upcoming school homecoming events along with 32 hours for the upcoming Halloween holiday. During all of the extra traffic enforcement efforts no warnings will be issued by deputies, Cox said.