Traffic Safety Promotion Grants of $77,000 Awarded to Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department

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CUYAHOGA COUNTY – Sheriff Cliff Pinkney today announced that Cuyahoga County has secured two grant awards totaling $77,009.41 through the State of Ohio’s High Visibility Enforcement Overtime (HVEO) Program.

“Deputies are out in our community working to educate and assist our residents on traffic safety issues and to reduce drug and alcohol related incidents for a safer Cuyahoga County,” said Sheriff Cliff Pinkney. “This work has to be funded, and the traffic safety promotion grants allow us to do that. These grants are vital in allowing us to target public safety issues directly affecting our region.”

The first grant, the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) High Visibility Enforcement (HVE), is for $32,903.76. This is a universal traffic safety approach designed to create deterrence and change unlawful traffic behaviors. HVE combines highly visible and proactive law enforcement targeting a specific traffic safety issue.

The second grant, from the Impaired Driving Enforcement Program (IDEP), is for $44,105.65. This program works to reduce the number of traffic-related fatal crashes and to decrease the number of alcohol-related fatal and serious injury crashes. The Sheriff's Department will increase its visibility and presence in higher risk areas to meet these goals.

These funds are from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation. They are awarded to eligible entities to be used in part for, but not limited to, traffic safety education, enforcement and awareness.