Pierce Police announced that the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS), and the Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO), awarded two traffic enforcement grants to the Department for 2017.  The Ohio Traffic Safety Office awarded $16,822.97 in federal traffic safety funding for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) and $25,234.46 was awarded for the Impaired Driving Enforcement Program (IDEP).  These programs provide funds to the department for extra patrols between October 2016 and September 2017.

“Residents express their concerns to me over speeding, the dangerous roadways and crashes on an ongoing basis.  It is great that we will be able to use these additional funds to increase our activity in these areas to help address concerns without increasing our expenses,” said Chief Jeff Bachman.

The funds will be used by the Department for high visibility enforcement of traffic laws by having additional officers working during key hours.  These officers will focus their patrols on roadways where a large number of crashes occur looking for traffic violations and dangerous driving actions.  Grant programs like these support the efforts of safety partners statewide and focus on traffic safety priority areas such as seatbelt use, impaired driving, motorcycle safety and youthful drivers.