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Putnam County Educational Service Center receives $25,000 in traffic safety grant PDF Print E-mail
Friday, October 11, 2013 12:01 AM

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OTTAWA — Mike Klear, project director of the Putnam County Safe Community Coalition, announced Thursday the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Ohio Traffic Safety Office awarded $25,000 in federal traffic safety funding to the Putnam County Educational Service Center for federal fiscal year 2014.

“Partnerships are critical to the success of any safety effort and we are committed to working with law enforcement and other safety partners to address traffic safety concerns in Putnam County,” Klear said.

The Putnam County Educational Service Center (E.S.C.) has identified that education about traffic safety for the community regarding the importance of seat belt use, motorcycle safety, dangers of distracted driving and impaired driving will impact the safety and welfare of the citizens in Putnam County. The E.S.C., through the Safe Communities Coalition, will use the grant funds to deliver the many dangers of traveling our roadways and tips to being safer while traveling our roads and highways. The E.S.C. and the Safe Community Coalition are committed to the local effort of saving lives, reducing the fatalities in our community and improving the quality of life for our citizens.

The funds are passed through ODPS 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, distracted driving and youthful drivers.

Members of the Putnam County Safe Community Coalition consist of representatives from the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Lima Memorial Health System, St. Rita’s Ambulatory Care Center, Putnam County Engineer’s Office, Health Department, Educational Service Center, Dept. of Public Safety, OSU Extension, ODOT and Local Law Enforcement.

Competitive grant proposals are accepted and reviewed by Ohio Traffic Safety Office. The FFY 2014 competitive grant process solicited grant proposals from state agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, universities, hospitals, political subdivisions and other interested groups within selected Ohio counties and jurisdictions (based upon the number of fatal crashes).

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