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The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) has awarded $32,267.82 in Federal Traffic Safety funding to the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office for federal fiscal year 2013.

“These funds are essential in ensuring that we are doing everything we possibly can to keep our local county safe,” Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said. ”Based on crash data, several townships in our county have been targeted.”

The grant will permit deputies to work designated areas as extra-duty assignments without taking them away from their normal assigned patrol duties. The funds are passed through OCJS from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the efforts of safety partners statewide and to focus on a set of priorities.

“Speed, impaired driving and restraint use are the focus of this grant,” Donini said. “We are pleased to work with our partners at the state level to address this safety issue.”

Competitive grant proposals are accepted and reviewed by OCJS, with funds awarded to projects that will have the greatest impact on reducing fatal crashes or significantly improving traffic safety systems.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com

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