(October 25, 2011, NASHVILLE) – Earlier this week, Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced more than $16.2 million to support highway safety in Tennessee.
After reviewing the numbers, Senator Jack Johnson (R—Franklin), Representative Glen Casada (R—Franklin), and Representative Charles Sargent (R—Franklin) announced Williamson County will receive nearly $350,000 in highway safety grants.
The funds support the mission of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roadways through leadership, innovation, coordination, and program support in partnership with numerous public and private organizations.
“We continue to work with local and state agencies to make our roadways safer,” Governor Haslam said. “These grants will support the efforts of highway safety agencies and advocates to reduce the number of people killed and injured in traffic crashes in Tennessee each year.”
There are multiple elements that contribute to a sound and safe roadway system. Some of those aspects are an accurate traffic safety data collection and analysis system; well-trained and well-equipped law enforcement personnel; and effective emergency medical and trauma systems. A major part of roadway safety is educating motorists about laws and good driving behaviors.
Included below is a chart of the grants provided to Williamson County:
- 21st Drug Court Inc. — 21st Drug Court Program $20,760.00
- Fairview Police — Fairview Alcohol Free Streets $19,998.00
- Franklin Police — Franklin Fight Against Impaired Driving $50,000.00
- Nolensville Police — High Visibility Law Enforcement Campaigns $5,000.00
- TN District Attorney General — 21st Judicial District DUI Abatement Plan/Special DUI Prosecutor — 21st District $142,315.97
- Williamson County Sheriff’s Dept. — Alcohol Saturation Patrols/Roadside Sobriety Checkpoints $49,300.00
- Williamson County Trustee — Williamson County General Sessions DUI Court $59,992.10
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funding for GHSO grants. The grants are awarded to agencies that successfully applied for funding based on a defined problem and statistical need. Each year, the GHSO accepts applications from agencies across the state for available highway safety funds. Applications are reviewed and scored by the GHSO and external highway safety advocates. The agencies that meet the criteria for funding received awards.
Sen. Johnson remarked, “We want to do all we can to raise awareness about roadway safety and, ultimately, save lives on Williamson County roads. These grants are a vital part of that effort.”
Rep. Sargent said, “With the growth we have witnessed, we need this type of funding to help our law enforcement personnel maintain the safe streets we have become accustomed to here in Williamson County. I appreciate the Governor and the GHSO doing all they can to promote highway safety.”
Rep. Casada stated, “These funds are very important for our law enforcement personnel as well as our county, in general. These grants certainly make a positive difference for our community and will help us secure much-needed first responder equipment while continuing our roadway safety initiatives.”
For a complete list and description of each grant, visit http://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/2011/GHSO2011-2012AwardedGrants.pdf.