Vinton County Sheriff Ryan Cain has announced that the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) awarded $27,023 in federal traffic safety funding to the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office for federal fiscal year 2022.

“These funds are critical in ensuring that we are doing everything we possibly can to keep our local community safe,” said Sheriff Cain. “Based on crash data, traffic enforcement will include state, county and township roads in Vinton County. Deputies will focus on speed, impaired driving, motorcycle safety and restraint use as priorities in Vinton County, and we are committed to working with our partners at the state level to address these safety concerns.”

Crash data shows that crashes related to speed, impaired driving and seat belts not in use caused 60 injuries and 16 fatalities in Vinton County over the three-year period covering 2015, 2016 and 2017.  To reduce these numbers, the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting high-visibility enforcement, working overtime hours, and holding educational and awareness events with the grant funds.

The funds are passed through OTSO from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the efforts of safety partners statewide and helps them 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, with funds awarded to projects that will have the greatest impact on reducing fatal crashes or that will significantly improve traffic safety systems.

For more information about OTSO and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio’s roadways, log on to http://ohiohighwaysafetyoffice.ohio..gov/index.stm.