LICKING COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT RECEIVES $55,000 FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY GRANT

Licking County Health Commissioner, Chad Brown, announced today the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) awarded $55,000 for federal traffic safety funding to the Licking County Health Department (LCHD) for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2024.  
The traffic safety grant funds are passed through OTSO from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The purpose of these funds is to support the efforts of safety partners statewide and focus on traffic safety priority areas such as seat belt use, impaired driving, motorcycle safety, distracted driving, and youthful drivers.  
The Safe Communities Program uses the awarded funds to promote traffic safety through education and raise awareness throughout the community. To save lives and make roads safer in Licking County, LCHD will use the grant funds to provide school presentations, interact with the community, and distribute traffic safety materials and education. “The funds we receive from ODPS are vital for us to share information about traffic safety in our county and prevent drivers from making choices that have lethal consequences,” said Bri Perkins, LCHD’s Safe Communities Coordinator.
The Safe Communities Program would like to remind everyone of the recent Phones Down law. It is illegal to use or hold a cell phone or electronic device in your hand, lap, or other parts of the body while driving on Ohio roads. If an officer sees a violation, they can pull you over. For more information, visit https://www.transportation.ohio.gov/phonesdown.
The Safe Communities Program has a coalition that consists of local law enforcement agencies, emergency personnel, county engineers, and community members who meet quarterly to collaborate efforts and resources toward decreasing motor vehicle crashes and fatalities in Licking County. Anyone with an interest in traffic safety or advocating for one of our priority areas is welcome to attend the coalition meetings. Please email Bri Perkins at bperkins@lickingcohealth.org if you are interested in participating. 
For more information about the Ohio Traffic Safety Office and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio’s roadways, visit http://ohiohighwaysafetyoffice.ohio.gov/.

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