LISBON - Judy Hawkins, Family Recovery Center's education supervisor, announced Tuesday that the Ohio Department of Public Safety's Office of Criminal Justice Services awarded $35,000 in federal traffic safety funding to the FRC for federal year 2013.
"Partnerships are critical to the success of any safety effort and we are committed to working with law enforcement and other safety partners to address traffic safety concerns in Columbiana County," said Hawkins.
Family Recovery Center has identified low seatbelt usage, speed, impaired and distracted driving as factors affecting the safety and welfare of Columbiana County citizens. To save lives and improve the quality of life for our citizens, Family Recovery Center will use the grant money to spread awareness through community events, media campaigns and awareness materials.
The 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, motorcycle safety and youthful drivers.
Competitive grant proposals are accepted and reviewed by OCJS. The FFY 2013 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 the Office of Criminal Justice Services and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio's roadways, log on to www.ocjs.ohio.gov.