The Ohio Department of Public Safety's (ODPS) Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) has awarded $36,109 in federal traffic safety funding to the Norwalk Police Department for federal fiscal year 2013. The funds have been awarded in the form of the High Visibility Enforcement Overtime (HVEO) grant. This grant is awarded based upon serious injury and fatal crash data for the previous three years. The grant period begins Oct. 1, 2012, and ends Sept. 30, 2013.
These funds will be used to provide additional patrols in an effort to prevent serious injury crashes and make our roadways safer. Based on the crash data, enforcement will be targeted on violations contributing to serious injury crashes, including driving while impaired, speeding, aggressive driving, distracted driving and seatbelt usage.
Using these funds will allow the Norwalk police department to join law enforcement agencies throughout the state and county to participate in enforcement blitzes, including the "Click It or Ticket" and "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaigns. Additional traffic enforcement patrols will be conducted throughout the year based upon local crash problem identification.
These funds are passed through OCJS from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the efforts of safety partners statewide and focus on traffic safety priority areas, such as restraint use, impaired driving and speed enforcement.