September 30, 2013

Contact: 
Sheriff George T. Maier, 330-430-3887

SHERIFF IS AWARED GRANT FOR $70,045.25 FOR HIGH VISIBLITY ENFORCEMENT OVERTIME

Sheriff George T. Maier is pleased to announce the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) awarded $70,045.25 in federal traffic safety funding to the Stark County Sheriff’s Office for federal fiscal year 2014.

These funds are essential to ensuring that we are doing everything possible to keep our community safe.  Based on crash data, we have identified speed, impaired driving and restraint use as priority areas for Stark County and are pleased to work with our partners at the state level to address this safety issue.

Crash data shows that 56 fatalities related to speed, impaired driving and restraint use occurred in Stark County over the three year period of 2010, 2011 and 2012.  To reduce these numbers, The Stark county Sheriff’s Office will be conducting high-visibility enforcement and working overtime hours with the grant funds.

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.

The Stark County Sheriff’s Office also received grant funds of $81,458.28 from the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Ohio Traffic Safety Office for the continued operation of the Stark County Safe Communities Coalition.  Safe Communities is a community wide traffic safety coalition whose main goal is to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities in the county through education and partnerships.  Partnerships are critical to the long-term success of any safety effort and the Stark County Sheriff’s Office is committed to working with other law enforcement agencies, local and state safety partners, businesses and other interested parties to address traffic safety concerns in Stark County.  These funds will help ensure that time and personnel can be dedicated to these efforts.

For more information about the Office of Criminal Justice Services and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio’s roadways, log on to http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov