County receives federal traffic safety funding

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The Madison County Safe Communities Coalition kicks off one of its traffic safety initiatives, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

(Posted Oct. 14, 2019)

The Ohio Department of Public Safety awarded $29,000 in federal traffic safety funding to Madison County Public Health (MCPH) for fiscal year 2020.

“Partnerships are critical to the success of any safety effort, and we are committed to working with safety partners to address traffic safety concerns in Madison County,” said Erin Fawley, Madison County Safe Communities Coalition coordinator.

Through the coalition, Madison County Public Health will use the grant funds to educate the public about issues such as seat belt usage, impaired driving and distracted driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration passes the funds through the Ohio Traffic Safety Office to support the efforts of safety partners statewide to provide community outreach on restraint use, impaired driving, motorcycle safety, young drivers, and other safety concerns.

“MCPH has access to limited local dollars, so we are grateful for the opportunity to receive this additional funding to improve the health and safety outcomes for Madison County residents,” said Chris Cook, Madison County health commissioner. “This is a competitive grant, and we are happy to be awarded the funding. We look forward to continuing our work with local partners to bring education to multiple events across the county.”

The grant process solicited proposals from state agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, universities, hospitals, political subdivisions and other interested groups in select Ohio counties and jurisdictions (based on the number of fatal crashes).

For more information about statewide traffic safety efforts, go to http://ohiohighwaysafetyoffice.ohio.gov.

For more information about the Madison County Safe Communities Coalition, contact Erin Fawley at efawley@madisonpublichealth.org or by (740) 852-3065.

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