Sheriff Steve Barry announced the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Traffic Safety Office awarded $389,600.06 in federal traffic safety funding to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office for the fiscal year 2019.

The Sheriff’s Office will be conducting high-visibility enforcement patrols and OVI checkpoints with the Summit County OVI Task Force, while working overtime hours and holding educational and awareness events with the grant funds.

These funds 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 the Traffic Safety Office, with funds awarded to projects that will have the greatest impact on reducing fatal crashes or significantly improving traffic safety systems.