The Clark County Combined Health District (CCCHD) announced today it has been awarded $42,000 in federal traffic safety funding for the 2022 fiscal year by the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO).

“Partnerships are crucial to the success of any safety effort and we are committed to working with community and state partners to address traffic safety concerns in Clark County,” said Leslie Stine, Safe Communities Coalition Coordinator for Clark County.

Clark County Combined Health District has identified that seatbelt usage, excessive speed, and public awareness of traffic safety is impacting the safety and welfare of the citizens of Clark County. To save lives and improve the quality of life for our citizens, CCCHD will use the grant funds to work with local businesses, schools, and law enforcement agencies to educate the community on proper use of seat belts and the importance of maintaining safe speeds while on the roadways. These efforts will raise awareness about traffic safety measures and the impact they have on saving lives.

The funds are passed through OTSO 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, motorcycle safety and youthful drivers.

Competitive grant proposals are accepted and reviewed by OTSO. The FFY 2022 competitive grant process solicited grant proposals from state agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, universities, hospitals, political subdivisions and other interested groups within selected Ohio counties and jurisdictions (based upon the number of fatal crashes).

For more information about OTSO and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio’s roadways,