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CPD awarded traffic grant

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Cincinnati Police Department has been awarded $96,000 in federal traffic safety funding by the Ohio Department of Public Safety's Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) for federal fiscal year 2013.

"These funds are essential to ensure that we are doing everything we possible can to keep our local community safe," said Traffic Unit Commander Lieutenant Bruce Hoffbauer. "From an analysis of crash data, Cincinnati has set priorities of impaired driving, use of safety restraints, and the reduction of alcohol-related crashes. We are pleased to work with our partners at the state level to address this safety issue."

There were 48 fatal accidents in Cincinnati in the three-year period 2009 to 2011. To reduce these numbers, the Cincinnati Police Department will use the grant funds to conduct high-visibility enforcement, work overtime hours, and hold educational awareness events.

The grant funds are passed through the OCJS from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the efforts of safety partners statewide and to focus on traffic safety priority areas such as restraint use, impaired driving, motorcycle safety, and youthful drivers. Competitive grant proposals are accepted and reviewed by the OCJS, with funds awarded to projects that will have the greatest impact on reducing fatal crashes or significantly improving traffic safety systems.

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