From Post staff reports
State Sen. Mae Beavers and Rep. Stratton Bone announced today that Lebanon Police Department and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department have been awarded highway safety grants totaling $128,296, by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO)
The grants awarded will be used for DUI enforcement and for Operation Impact to save lives and reduce injuries on Wilson County highways.
“I am very pleased that we have been able to secure these highway safety grants to help make our roads safer,” said Beavers, who is a member of the Senate Transportation Committee and sponsor of numerous bills to strengthen Tennessee’s DUI laws. “I also appreciate all the hard work that our local officials have done in helping us to receive these funds.”
The grants are given to agencies that apply for funding based on problems and statistical need. Applications were reviewed and scored by the GHSO and external highway safety advocates.
“These grants 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,” Beavers added. “I will continue to work to make our roads safer in the next General Assembly.”
“We must do all that we can to make our roadways safer for all drivers,” Bone said. “These grants will help reduce the number of deadly crashes in Wilson County by stopping DUI drivers and enforcing traffic laws.”
“These highway safety grants reflect a continued commitment to work with local and state agencies to make our roadways even safer than they are today,” said Gov. Phil Bredesen. “The funds made available through these grants will support the efforts of many local and state highway safety partners to reduce the number of people killed and injured in traffic crashes each year.”
“I am proud that we are able to help fund important programs at the state and local level that help reduce the number of traffic crashes on Tennessee roadways,” said Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Tennessee Department of Transportation. “These grants will make a difference in the effectiveness of our highway safety partners.”
There are several elements that contribute to a sound and safe roadway system, according to Nicely. Some of those aspects are accurate traffic safety data collection and analysis; well-trained and equipped law enforcement personnel; and effective emergency medical and trauma systems.
A major part of roadway safety is educating motorists about laws and good driving behaviors, he added.
“Grants awarded by the GHSO are provided in areas of need,” reported GHSO Director Kendell Poole. “Statistics show our problem areas and we strive to put the funding where it will be most effective. We are dedicated to saving lives across Tennessee and pledge to work with grantees statewide to accomplish our mission.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funding for GHSO grants.