Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced $21.1 million in grants to Tennessee agencies to support highway traffic safety efforts. The funds support the mission of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. The goal is to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roadways through leadership, innovation, coordination and program support in partnership with numerous public and private organizations.
In Murfreesboro and Eagleville, the money will help fund more high visibility enforcement at a cost of $10,000. The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office will receive $130,000 that will be funneled into various areas of the department that will include a teen driver safety program. The Rutherford County Drug Court will receive $60,000. The money in the courts will help with a DUI program. $80,000 was approved for DUI enforcement in LaVergne and Smyrna.
Senator Bill Ketron further announced the dollar for dollar breakdown of funding:
“These awards are very important to our local law enforcement agencies,” said Sen. Ketron. "They will be put to good use in keeping our roads safer.”
Tracy said the awards will be disbursed by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO). The grants are provided to agencies that successfully applied for funding based on problem and statistical need. Applications were reviewed and scored by the GHSO and external highway safety advocates.
The Rutherford County awards include:
- $110,887 to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office for safety initiatives and $27,026 for the Rutherford County Teen Driver Safety program
- $4,992 to the Eagleville Police Department for High Visibility Enforcement
- $55,897 to the LaVergne Police Department for their Alcohol Saturation Patrols
- $5,001 to the Murfreesboro Police Department for High Visibility Enforcement
- $60,146 for the Rutherford County Drug Court / DUI Program
- $25,002 to the Smyrna Police Department for Smyrna Alcohol Countermeasures (SAC)
“The grants should have an impact in reducing the number of alcohol-related crashes,” added Tracy. “We are very pleased these funds are available to help make our roads safer.”
The Tennessee Department of Transportation