NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen announced today the awarding of $12.8 million in traffic safety grants to 94 Tennessee organizations. The federally funded grants provide cities and counties the ability to implement traffic safety programs focusing on impaired driving, occupant protection, enforcement, and training. All grants are funded for one year – October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006. The grants are awarded through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO).
“These grants reflect state government’s continued commitment to work with local agencies in creating safer communities,” said Bredesen. “All grants are representative of proven, evidence-based programs that work.”
“Funded programs include expanded training for law enforcement throughout Tennessee,” explained TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “Under the GHSO Training Program, law enforcement agencies may take advantage of free training in the areas of crash reconstruction, field sobriety testing, collision diagramming, child passenger safety, and safe and legal traffic stops.”
Training in the proper techniques of documenting traffic crashes contributes to the effective prosecution of vehicular homicide cases. All training is designed to keep the officer safe during daily enforcement activities.
Traffic safety grants are funded by monies issued to the Tennessee Department of Transportation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA is the governmental entity established by the United States Department of Transportation to administer monies appropriated by Congress under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).
Grant funding decreased this year from $14.9 to $12.8 million, yet the number of grant awards increased from 90 to 94. “This year federal funding decreased and we were challenged to do more with less” said Chuck Taylor, Director of the GHSO. “Through innovative partnerships with local agencies we foresee a greater impact on traffic safety resulting in a decrease of lives lost on Tennessee roadways.”
A list of all grant recipients is attached. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office’s next grant application submission period will begin in February 2006. For more information, call 615-741-2589.

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