(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), September 19, 2013 – State Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) said today that he has been informed that 9 Highway Safety Grants have been awarded to law enforcement agencies in Washington County with a combined total of $361,306. The grants will be awarded to promote public safety on Tennessee roads and curb drunk driving.
“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.”
Crowe said the 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.
The Washington County awards include:
• Two grants for East Tennessee State University, including $4,995 for High Visibility Enforcement and $18,000 for a Law Enforcement Coordinator;
• $21,331 to the Johnson City Police Department for the Safer Johnson City Streets program;
• $5,000 to the Jonesborough Police Department for their High Visibility Enforcement efforts;
• $153,981 to the 1st Judicial District Attorney General’s office for their Special DUI Prosecutor Program (shared with other counties in the 1st District); and
• Four grants to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, including $4,999 for high visibility enforcement, $75,000 for the Rural Alcohol Traffic Enforcement Strategies (R.A.T.E.S.), $60,000 for Teens Exercising “Xemplary” Travel (T.E.X.T.) and $18,000 for a Network Coordinator.
“These funds are essential in helping us curb drunk driving,” added Senator Crowe. “The grants should have an impact in reducing the number of alcohol-related crashes.”