Chuck Geveden, Director of the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, is pictured above presenting two grant checks to Rep. John Tilley along with representatives of the Trigg County Sheriff's Dept. & Cadiz Police Dept.
The two agencies received a total of $16,200 to help curb impaired driving, speeding and other dangerous driving practices. The grant is to be used also to help educate the public regarding child safety seats and seat belt usage.
Over $124,000 in checks were presented to West Kentucky communities to help improve safety in the region. The federally funded grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are administered by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.
Geveden's press release stated that 17 more lives have been lost so far in 2009 on Kentucky highways, compared to the same time period in 2008. There were 826 fatalities on Kentucky roadways in 2008, including 649 people in motor vehicles. Of those, 70% were not buckled up and over 20% involved alcohol.
This brings to mind the issue of the large number of deaths on Kentucky waterways. I believe I am correct in stating that we have already set a record for deaths on our waterways. Rep. Tilley and I discussed the need to also address this issue.
Those receiving grants yesterday were:
Ballard Co. Sherriff Dept. $9000
Princeton Police Dept. $9,650
McCracken Co. Sheriff Dept. $10,000
Marshall Co. Health Dept. $10,250
Eddyville Police Dept. $12,192
Graves Co. Sheriff Dept. $12,390
Benton Police Dept. $15,800
Marshall Co. Sheriff Dept. $20,000
Paducah Police Dept. $25,000
Oak Grove Police Dept. $18,250
For more information visit KOHS at http://highwaysafety.ky.gov/.
*Picture provided courtesy of Ryan Watts, KOHS