Governor's Highway Safety Office dishes out grants to prevent drunk driving and more

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer and Governor's Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole have announced the Tennessee agencies that received grant awards totaling more than $24.2 million to support highway traffic safety efforts.

The Rutherford County area received over $700,000 from the Governor's Highway Safety Office. The funds support the mission of Governor's Highway Safety Office to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roadways through leadership, innovation, coordination and program support in partnership with numerous public and private organizations. Some of those programs include the recent increase in sobriety checkpoints on area roadways. The most recent checkpoint was held this past Friday night on Broad Street at State Route 840.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funding to Governor's Highway Safety Office. The grants, totaling 449 for the 2014-2015 funding cycle, were awarded to 386 agencies that successfully applied for funding based on a defined problem and statistical need. Each year, GHSO accepts applications from agencies across the state for available highway safety funds. Applications are reviewed and scored by GHSO and external highway safety advocates. The agencies that meet the criteria for funding received awards.




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