September 15, 2010 – Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) announced today that two separate grants have been approved to aid in Bedford County’s highway safety efforts. The awards include a major $42,955.73 grant to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Department for alcohol and traffic enforcement and $5,000 to the Bell Buckle Police Department for high visibility law enforcement campaigns.
“I am very pleased that our county has received these highway safety grants to help make our roads safer,” said Senator Tracy. “I also appreciate all the hard work that our local officials have done in helping us to receive these funds.”
According to Tracy, the grants were issued to agencies that successfully applied for funding based on need. Applications were reviewed by the state’s Highway Safety Office and then scored by both their internal staff and other highway safety advocates. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funding for GHSO grants.
“This was a large award for a rural county,” Tracy added. “Both of these grants will give our local communities additional funds that should help upgrade their efforts to make our roads safer and to protect our citizens from those who drink and drive.”