A total of $21.1 million in grants to Tennessee agencies to support highway traffic safety efforts were announced Wednesday by Tennessee officials.
Local agencies receiving grants include the Greene County Sheriff's Department, $40,000; the Greeneville Police Department, $5,000; and the Tusculum Police Department, $5,000.
The funds will be used by the Sheriff's Department for DUI enforcement, and by Greeneville and Tusculum police for high-visibility enforcement, according to a news release.
Officials making the announcement include Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer and Governor's Highway Safety Office (GHSO) Director Kendell Poole.
Poole said in the news release that the funds support the GHSO mission.
"The goal is to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roadways through leadership, innovation, coordination and program support in partnership with numerous public and private organizations," he said.
Added Haslam: "Having safe roads is critical to our mission of making Tennessee a better place to live, work and raise a family. As we continue our work with local and state agencies, these grants support these important efforts to make our roadways safer."
Schroer said "multiple elements" contribute to a safe roadway system.
"Some of those aspects are an accurate traffic safety data collection and analysis system, well-trained and well-equipped law enforcement personnel, and effective emergency medical and trauma systems.
"A major part of roadway safety is educating motorists about laws and good driving behaviors," he said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funding to the GHSO.
The grants, totaling 434 for the 2014 funding cycle, were awarded to 370 agencies that successfully applied for funding based on a defined problem and statistical need.
Each year, the GHSO accepts applications from agencies across the state for available highway safety funds.
Applications are reviewed and scored by the GHSO and external highway safety advocates. The agencies that met the criteria for funding received awards.
"Grants awarded by our office are provided in areas of need," Poole said. "Statistics show our problem areas and we strive to put the funding where it will be most effective.
"We are dedicated to saving lives across Tennessee and pledge to work with grantees statewide to accomplish our mission."
For more information about the GHSO, please go online to http://www.tntrafficsafety.org