Chief of Police Jack Nichols has announced that the Ohio Department of Public Safety Office of Criminal Justice Services awarded $42,323.40 in federal traffic safety funding to the Boardman Police Department for the federal fiscal year 2013.
"These federal funds are essential in ensuring that we are doing everything we possibly can to keep our township safe," said Chief Nichols. "Based on crash data, we will be targeting violators for aggressive driving offenses such as speed, distracted driving, impaired driving, and seat belt usage. During the warm weather seasons, motorcycle crash reduction will also be a point of emphasis. We are pleased to work with our partners at the state level to address these safety issues and help save lives in Boardman."
Crash data shows 126 alcohol-related crashes caused 83 injuries and three fatalities in Boardman, over the three-year period of 2009, 2010, and 2011. To reduce these numbers, as well as four other traffic fatalities that occurred during this time, the Boardman Police Department will be conducting high-visibility enforcement, working overtime hours and holding educational and awareness events with grant funds such as participation in the "Click It or Ticket" national seat belt mobilization and the "Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over" national crackdown on impaired driving.
The funds are passed through OCJS 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.
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. For more information about the Office of Criminal Justice Services and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio's roadways, go to www.ocjs.ohio.gov.