State Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, has announced grants intended to help Bedford County's highway safety efforts.
The awards include a $52,924 grant to Bedford County Sheriff's Department for alcohol and traffic enforcement and $5,005 to the Bell Buckle Police Department for high visibility law enforcement campaigns.
"I am very pleased that our county has received these highway safety grants to help make our roads safer," said Tracy in a news release. "I also appreciate all the hard work that our local officials have done in helping us to receive these funds."
According to Tracy, the grants were issued to agencies that successfully applied for funding based on need. Applications were reviewed by the state's Highway Safety Office and then scored by both their internal staff and other highway safety advocates. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funding for GHSO grants.
"This was a large award for a rural county," Tracy added. "Both of these grants will give our local communities additional funds that should help upgrade their efforts to make our roads safer and to protect our citizens from those who drink and drive."