Marion Co. Sheriff's Office gets $43K state grant • October 27, 2009

MARION — The Governor’s Highway Safety Office has awarded the local sheriff’s office a $43,188.91 grant for the year 2010, states a press release from Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey.

The grant will fund overtime salaries for deputies to increase their presence on county roads. The goal is to save lives and reduce injuries.

"These funds are critical to ensuring that we are doing everything possible to keep our community safe," states Bailey. "Based on crash data, we have identified Ohio 4, Ohio 423, Ohio 309, Ohio 95, and Ohio 98 as a priority for Marion County and are pleased to work with our partner at the state level to address this safety issue."

The funds are passed through OTSO from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in order to target traffic safety priority areas such as restraint use, impaired driving and excessive speed.

In the past three years, Ohio roadway fatalities have decreased to near record lows, states the release. There were 1,191 fatalities on Ohio’s roads in 2008, down from 1,257 in 2007 and 1,239 in 2006, a trend the Sheriff’s Office is continues to pursue.

The Sheriff’s Office was presented a new radar unit for participation in the program by Program Director Bob Painter and Regional Liaison Frank Arvay.

Bailey congratulated Deputy Jason Dutton for his work as the grant manager and the successful completion of 2009 grant. The 2009 grant amount was $33,882.11 and the following are the statistical results of the program in Marion County.

Target areas for 2009 were Ohio 4 and Ohio 95
Deputies worked 705 overtime hours
667 vehicles were stopped for various violations
176 citations issued for excessive speed
18 citations for safety belt violations
7 citations for driving under suspension
32 citations issued for miscellaneous offenses

The "miscellaneous offenses" included such violations as open container, drug possession, and other traffic violations.