CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – The Mahoning County OVI Task Force was again awarded a grant through the federal government to keep impaired drivers off the road.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) awards grants every year that are administrated through the state to fund programs that are focused on reducing fatalities.
The Mahoning County OVI Task Force received $224,952.37 for the grant year that runs from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015.
The money will be used locally to conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints throughout the year and purchase equipment, with the largest programs being saturation patrols over the Memorial Day weekend and New Year’s Eve.
Assistant Canfield Police Chief Scott Weamer said alcohol related crashes that involved injury were reduced by 37 percent last year. And those involving fatalities were reduced by 83 percent.
“That tells me our efforts are working,” Weamer said.
The Mahoning County OVI Task Force includes police agencies from the following communities:
- Austintown Township
- Beaver Township
- Boardman Township
- Canfield City
- Goshen Township
- Jackson Township
- Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office
- Mill Creek Metroparks
- Milton Township
- New Middletown
- Ohio State Highway Patrol
- Springfield Township
- Youngstown City
- Youngstown State University