Traffic Safety Promotion Grants of $91,000 Awarded to Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department

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Miranda Pomiecko: (216) 698-2546; 

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH – The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department has secured three grant awards totaling $91,013 through the State of Ohio’s High Visibility Enforcement Overtime (HVEO) program and the Drugged Driving Enforcement Program (DDEP).

“These traffic safety promotion grants allow us to educate and assist our residents on traffic safety issues and to reduce drug and alcohol related incidents for a safer Cuyahoga County,” said Cuyahoga County Sheriff David Schilling, Jr. “This funding is vital in allowing us to target unsafe driving behaviors and other safety issues directly affecting our community.”

The first grant, the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) High Visibility Enforcement (HVE), is for $34,769. 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 $45,932. 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.

The third grant, from the Drugged Driving Enforcement Program (DDEP) is for $10,312. This program will allow the Sheriff’s Department to conduct high visibility drugged driving enforcement in locations and at times that will have the greatest impact in reducing drugged driving fatal crashes. Secondly, the grant is intended to help raise public awareness of the drugged driving problem through local media and personal contacts.

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.