(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), September 15, 2015 – State Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City), Representative Micah Van Huss (R-Gray) and Representative Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) said today they have been informed that ¬¬seven Hi¬¬¬ghway Safety Grants have been awarded to promote public safety on Washington County roads and to curb drunk driving.
The Washington County awards include:
• $15,000 to East Tennessee State University’s Department of Public Safety to combat distracted driving;
• $19,971 to the Johnson City Police Department for their Safer Johnson City Streets alcohol enforcement program;
• $5,000 to the Jonesborough Police Department for high visibility enforcement
• $153,678 to the 1st Judicial District Tennessee District Attorney General for their Special DUI Prosecutor Program;
• $15,000 to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department for a network coordinator in Police Traffic Services;
• $40,000 to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department for their Making Alcohol Free Roadways a Priority program; and
• $5,000 to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department for high visibility enforcement.
“These awards are very important to our local law enforcement agencies,” said Sen. Crowe. “They will be put to good use in keeping our roads safer.”
Van Huss said, “ Road safety is an area of great concern for those we represent. We get calls from constituents all the time asking what more can be done to reduce unsafe driving practices like distracted driving, drunk driving and speeding. These monies will go a long way toward helping local law enforcement address these concerns.”
The grant awards will be disbursed by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO). The grants are provided to agencies that successfully applied for funding based on problem and statistical need. Applications were reviewed and scored by the GHSO and external highway safety advocates.
“These funds are especially helpful to curb drunk driving,” added Rep. Hill. “The grants should have a great impact in reducing the number of alcohol-related crashes.”