July 1, 2016

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Grant to help deputies focus on impaired drivers

MEDINA — The Medina County Sheriff’s Office has received a $43,000 High Visibility Enforcement Grant to help reduce alcohol-related crashes.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services awards the grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support programs that focus on impaired driving, motorcycle safety and young drivers.

The money is available for use in federal fiscal year 2014, which runs this month through September 2014.

The grant will pay for sheriff’s deputies to provide extra patrols focusing on speeding, impaired driving, seat belt use and distracted driving.

“We’re watching motorcycles and any distracted driving like texting and that sort of thing,” Sgt. Kevin English said.

Statistics from the Ohio Department of Public Safety website show there were 3,487 accidents in the county last year that included nine fatalities and 169 alcohol-related crashes and five related fatalities.

In 2011 in the county, there were 3,707 crashes and 14 were fatal. Of those, 177 crashes involved alcohol, including five fatalities.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.