A $42,000 grant has been awarded to the Delaware General Health District to promote traffic safety.
County Health Commissioner Shelia Hiddleson on Thursday announced that the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Ohio Traffic Safety Office awarded $41,999.97 in federal traffic safety funding to the health district for federal fiscal year 2016.
The health district has identified that the lack of seat belt use, driver inattention and impaired driving are impacting the safety and welfare of the citizens of Delaware County, Hiddleson said.
To save lives and improve the quality of life for citizens, the health district will use the grant funds to coordinate the SAFE Delaware County Coalition, she said.
The coalition, comprised of local law enforcement and other agencies, promotes awareness of traffic safety issues, such as seat belt restraint usage, impaired and distracted driving, speed, motorcycle safety and teen driver safety.
This year the coalition will focus on senior driver safety and commercial traffic in Delaware County.
The funds are passed through the Ohio Traffic Safety Office 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 youthful drivers.