Delaware, Oh. – The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) awarded $50,000 in federal traffic safety funding to the Delaware General Health District’s traffic safety coalition Safety Awareness for Everyone Delaware County (SAFE) for federal fiscal year 2020.

 “Partnerships are critical to the success of any safety effort and we are committed to working with safety partners to address traffic safety concerns in Delaware County,” said SAFE Coordinator Jackie Bain.  

The funding will continue to support the activities of the SAFE’s efforts to eliminate traffic deaths. In 2018, 15 people lost their lives due to crashes on Delaware County roadways, 3 of those were teens. Of those deaths, 42% were caused by an impaired driver.

The funds are passed through OTSO 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 and youthful drivers.

Competitive grant proposals are accepted and reviewed by OTSO. The 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.

For more information about OTSO and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio’s roadways, visit ohiohighwaysafetyoffice.ohio.gov.