Gov. Haslam awards $18.1M in Tennessee highway safety grants

Gov. Haslam awards $18.1M in Tennessee highway safety grants

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NASHVILLE (WATE) - Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer on Wednesday announced more than $18.1 million to support highway safety in the state.

The funds support the Governor's Highway Safety Office mission to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roadways in partnership with numerous public and private organizations.

The full list of grants is posted on the GHSO website.

"These grants help fund a variety of enforcement, legal and educational initiatives across the state including speed enforcement, first responder equipment purchases, DUI prosecutors and child passenger safety training," Schroer said. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funding for the GHSO grants.

The grants, totaling 398 for the 2012-213 funding cycle, are awarded to agencies that applied 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.

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