September 26, 2008
Williamson County lawmakers announce Highway Safety Grants
September 26, 2008 – Williamson County state lawmakers, Senator Jack Johnson and Representatives Glen Casada, Phillip Johnson and Charles Sargent announced today that $335,032 in grants have been approved to aid five local agencies in their highway safety efforts. The legislators made the announcement today after being notified by the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office. The grants will be made to the Fairview Police Department, Franklin Police Department, Nolensville Police Department, Williamson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Tennessee District Attorney General, 21st Judicial District.
“I am very pleased that we have been able to secure these highway safety grants to help make our roads safer,” said Sen. Johnson. “I also appreciate all the hard work that our local officials have done in helping us to receive these funds.”
According to Rep. Sargent, the funds are being used for the Safer Roads equals Safer Lives initiative, Franklin’s Fight Against Impaired Driving program, high visibility law enforcement campaigns, DUI enforcement, a network coordinator, and DUI prosecution. He said 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.
“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,” Casada added. “We will continue to work to make our roads safer in the next General Assembly.”
“We will continue to work to bring our share of Tennessee tax dollars home,” concluded Rep. Johnson.