$75K grants to target speeders, drunk drivers

By Valerie Lough
Staff Writer

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Springfield, Ohio City and county law enforcement agencies have received more than $75,000 in state grants for traffic safety enforcement over the coming year.
The Clark County Sheriff's office will use its $42,821 grant received this month to pay for overtime geared at targeting speeders and drunk drivers around major holidays, said Lt. Don Lucas.
The Springfield Police Division also received $33,429 for the same purpose, said Lt. Jim Hutchins.
"We've identified some intersections throughout the city where there have been a high number of traffic accidents," he said.
Hutchins would not say which intersections officials have identified.
The grant will also fund "blitzes" aimed at traffic safety, the first of which will take place Oct. 24-Nov. 2, he said.
The western part of the county has seen the most serious crashes and will be one of the focus areas for the Sheriff's office, said Lucas.
In addition to local blitzes, city officials will use the grant money to take part in national campaigns like "Click It or Ticket" and "Over the Limit, Under Arrest," said Hutchins.
The grant was issued by the Ohio Traffic Safety Office, a branch of the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
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