By Tamas Mondovics
The Tennessee Highway Safety Office announces $23 million in Federal Grant Funds available to Support Highway Safety Education and Enforcement Efforts across Tennessee.
The funds are to be distributed statewide from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the 2019-2020 Federal Fiscal Year.
According to THSO officials, more than 335 federal grants exceeding $20 million in total have been awarded to law enforcement agencies and highway safety partners across Tennessee. Approximately $3 million in media grant funds will be allocated for statewide highway safety education and public awareness campaigns.
State Senator Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol), confirmed the announcement in a statement adding that part of the funds will promote public safety on Johnson County roads and to curb drunk driving. The $5,000 award will specifically go to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department for high visibility enforcement.
“These funds 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,” said Sen. Lundberg. “I appreciate all the hard work that our local officials have done in helping us to receive these funds.”
The grants are provided to agencies that successfully applied for funding who meet the required data-driven criteria and highway safety standard. Grant applications must be in line with THSO’s mission to reduce traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities.
“Every year, traffic safety advocates, non-profit organizations, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, District Attorneys’ offices, and other state agencies across Tennessee seek
funding through grant applications offered by the THSO,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho.
The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) is a division of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security advocating for traffic safety. The THSO works in tandem with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to implement statewide programs addressing occupant protection, impaired driving, speed enforcement, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and crash data collection and analysis. Programs administered by the THSO are 100 percent federally funded. The THSO’s mission is to
effectively develop, implement, and evaluate these
programs. To learn more, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.
For more information about the THSO, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.