NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam and state Transportation Commissioner John Schroer on Thursday announced the awarding of more than $16 million in National Highway Traffic Safety grants to law enforcement agencies and District Attorney offices across the state for highway safety enforcement.
The money was awarded through Governor’s Highway Safety Office to save lives and reduce injuries on roadways through methods including traffic safety data collection and analysis, law enforcement training and equipment and educational campaigns for motorists.
Schroer said the grants will help fund a variety of enforcement, legal and educational initiatives across the state including speed enforcement, first-responder equipment purchases, DUI prosecutors and child passenger safety training. Haslam said the grants are aimed at reducing the number of people killed and injured in traffic crashes in the state each year.
The awards include $5,000 grants for “high visibility enforcement campaigns” awarded to the sheriff’s departments of Washington, Carter, Unicoi, Johnson and Sullivan counties and to the police departments of Johnson City, Jonesborough, Elizabethton, Mountain City, Bluff City, Kingsport, Bristol and Greeneville.
The Johnson City Police Department received an additional $19,532 grant for its Safer Johnson City Streets program while the Washington County Sheriff’s Department received an additional $15,000 network law enforcement program grant and a $39,999 grant for “practical mobilization by saturation” program.
The First Judicial District Attorneys General office serving Washington, Carter, Unicoi and Johnson counties received $154,427 for its special DUI prosecutor while the Second Judicial District Attorney General serving Sullivan County received $176,567 for special DUI prosecution.
East Tennessee State University also received a $15,000 network law enforcement grant for its Department of Public Safety and a $133,331 grant for child passenger safety training and community education.
A complete list and description of the grant awards is available online at www.tn.gov/tdot/news.