The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) has announced $22.6 million in federal grant funds to be distributed statewide from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the 2020-2021 Federal Fiscal Year. Woodbury and Cannon County will benefit from the funds.
Over 383 federal grants exceeding $22 million in total have been awarded to law enforcement agencies and highway safety partners across Tennessee. Approximately $3 million in media grant funds will be allocated for statewide highway safety education and public awareness campaigns.
Locally, Cannon County Sheriff’s Department will be granted funds for High Visibility Enforcement in the amount of $5,000.00. The Woodbury Police Department will be the recipient of funds in the amount of $10,000.00 for Alcohol and Impaired Driving Enforcement. Tennessee District Attorney General for the 16th Judicial District will be getting $163,000.00 for DUI Prosecution.
According to Buddy Lewis, Tennessee Highway Safety Office Director, “Every year, traffic safety advocates, non-profit organizations, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, district attorneys’ offices, and other state agencies across Tennessee seek funding through grant applications offered by the THSO.”
Applicants who meet the required data-driven criteria and highway safety standards are awarded grant funds to support the THSO’s mission to reduce traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities.