SheriffBy Sheriff Walt Wilson

In our effort to decrease alcohol and speed related accidents and fatalities within our County, the Sheriff’s Office has once again been awarded federal funding from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) for increased traffic enforcement. The 2012 High Visibility Enforcement Overtime grant will provide 100 percent reimbursement for 700 hours of overtime for stepped-up traffic enforcement. This year’s award is for $28,072.28.

The Sheriff’s Office has received this grant for the past three years and it has resulted in over 850 traffic enforcement citations – with over 660 of those resulting in speeding citations.

There are 16 scheduled details throughout the grant period with a majority of them occurring around the various holidays. These details focus on speeding, aggressive driving and OVI enforcement. The grant begins October 2011 and will end September 2012.

Originally published in the Second Half 2011 Newsletter. Download here.