Meigs, Polk counties receive Highway Safety Office funds
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NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced more than $18.1 million to support highway safety in Tennessee.

Among those funds, are four grants allocated to Meigs and Polk Counties.

n Meigs County Sheriff’s Department will receive $20,086 for “DUI Enforcement Programming”;

n Benton Police Department will receive $5,000 for “High Visibility Law Enforcement Campaigns”;

n Benton Police Department will receive $14,999 for a “Network Coordinator”; and

n Benton Police Department will receive $18,900 for “Impaired Driving Enforcement.”

The funds support the mission of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office 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,” 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.”

State Rep. Eric Watson, who represents the two counties in the Tennessee General Assembly, was pleased with the safety funds awarded to the county.

“It’s good to see our law enforcement leaders are doing all they can to keep us safe and apply for the necessary grants to continue doing so. These grants will play an integral part in helping our law enforcement officials maintain the safety of our county roads. Our state is partnering with local officials to try and limit the number of deaths and roadway injuries, a wise and necessary undertaking,” stated Watson.

There are multiple elements that contribute to a 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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funding for these GHSO grants.

The grants, totaling 398 for the 2012-13 funding cycle, 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.