Traffic safety grant will be used for education and outreach

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Members of the Madison County Safe Communities Coalition celebrate the receipt of a $35,000 grant for traffic safety education and outreach: (from left) Lt. Randy Sibbalds, West Jefferson Police Department; Claire Reinhofer and Erin Fawley, Madison County Public Health; Lt. Robert Curry, Ohio State Highway Patrol West Jefferson Post; Lt. Bryan Huddleston, Madison County Sheriff’s Office; Lt. Tom Jaskiewicz, Plain City Police Department; and Sgt. Joe Cox, London Police Department.

(Posted Nov. 4, 2021)

The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) awarded $35,000 in federal traffic safety funding to Madison County Public Health (MCPH) for fiscal year 2022.

“To address traffic safety concerns, we rely heavily on our partnerships. Together, we are able to positively impact traffic safety within Madison County,” said Claire Reinhofer, Safe Communities programmer.

MCPH has identified that education about traffic safety issues, like seat belt use and distracted and impaired driving, is impacting the safety and welfare of the citizens of Madison County. To save lives and improve quality of life, MCPH will use the grant to provide education and community outreach through the Madison County Safe Communities Coalition.

The funds are passed through OTSO from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the efforts of safety partners statewide and focus on traffic safety priority areas such as restraint use, impaired driving, motorcycle safety and young drivers.

“This is a competitive grant, and we are happy to be awarded the funding,” said Chris Cook, health commissioner. “MCPH is devoted to the health and safety of Madison County, including traffic safety. We look forward to continuing our work with local partners to bring education to multiple events across the county.”

OTSO accepts and reviews competitive grant proposals. The 2022 competitive grant process solicited proposals from state agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, universities, hospitals, political subdivisions and other interested groups in selected Ohio counties and jurisdictions based on the number of fatal crashes.

For more information about OTSO and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio’s roadways, visit http://ohiohighwaysafetyoffice.ohio.gov.

For more information on the Madison County Safe Communities Coalition, contact Claire Reinhofer at creinhofer@madisonpublichealth.org or call (740) 852-3065.

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