Delaware County Health District Receives Grant
Delaware County Health Commissioner, Shelia Hiddleson today announced the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Ohio Traffic Safety Office awarded $41,999.97 in federal traffic safety funding to the Delaware General Health District for federal fiscal year 2016.
The Health District has identified that the lack of seat belt use, driver inattention, and impaired driving are impacting the safety and welfare of the citizens of Delaware County.
To save lives and improve citizen’s quality of life, the Health District will use the grant funds to coordinate the SAFE Delaware County Coalition. The coalition — comprised of local law enforcement and other agencies — promotes awareness of traffic safety issues such as seat belt restraint usage, impaired and distracted driving, speed, motorcycle safety and teen driver safety. This year the coalition will focus on senior driver safety and commercial traffic in Delaware County.
The funds are passed through the Traffic Stafety Office 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 Ohio Traffic Safety Office. 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 based upon the number of fatal crashes.