Sheriff awarded grant for traffic enforcement

BRYAN — The governor’s Highway Safety Office has awarded the Williams County Sheriff’s Office $25,985 to be used to pay overtime for traffic enforcement in targeted areas during high-traffic holidays for next year.

The county participated in the program this year but did not receive grant money. The sheriff’s office, however, was awarded a new patrol car, radar, and a laser speed-measuring device because of its success in traffic enforcement among agencies in the northwest quadrant of Ohio.

Sheriff Kevin Beck said the grant’s purpose is to reduce traffic-related fatalities in the county, increase seat belt usage, and get drunken drivers off the roads.