Sheriff’s office receives $9,000 grant
ANNAPOLIS — Governor Larry Hogan announced Sept. 19 more than $12.5 million in federal highway safety funds granted to more than 80 agencies and organizations across Maryland to help strengthen and expand the state’s efforts to save lives on Maryland roads. The funds will be distributed by the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office to law enforcement agencies and traffic safety advocates throughout Maryland.
“The safety and security of Marylanders is our top priority and this vital funding will help strengthen our efforts to reduce traffic fatalities and save lives,” said Hogan. “Dangerous, impaired, and distracted driving puts everyone at risk, and we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure safety on our roads.”
The Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office was award a $9,000 grant. Of that, $5,000 is slotted for additional DWI/ DUI enforcement and $4,000 aggressive driving enforcement, covering overtime costs, said Lt. Dale Patrick with the sheriff’s office.
The federal grant awards can only be used for traffic safety activities and are allocated based on crash data for each county and/or organization that applied for funding. Funds can only be spent during Federal Fiscal Year 2017.
“Our mission is to do everything in our power to eliminate traffic crashes,” said Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn. “Zero crashes, zero injuries and zero fatalities is our ultimate goal.”