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Motlow State Public Safety Department Receives $2500 Grant from Tennessee Highway Safety Office

LYNCHBURG, TN (Nov. 4, 2016) — The Motlow State Public Safety Department was recently awarded a $2,500 grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, according to Ray Higginbotham, director of the department.

On October 4, 2016, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) and the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced the 384 agencies awarded $17.1 million in federal grant funding to support Tennessee highway safety efforts and education. 424 grants were distributed from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through THSO for the 2016-2017 Federal Fiscal Year.

“The Tennessee Highway Safety Office is a great resource for law enforcement agencies across the state,” said Higginbotham. “They have a strong commitment to the safety of all citizens and to higher education institutions within the state. Being able to form a partnership with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office and secure a grant also demonstrates the strong commitment that the Motlow Public Safety Department has to the safety of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors on all Motlow campuses each and every day.

“As the director of the department, it is my duty and responsibility to seek out alternative sources for additional funding to help the department effectively accomplish its mission. This grant will help to allow the department to continue to provide the highest level of service possible to all Motlow campuses, and to continue to protect and serve the Motlow community.

“The grant money will be used to purchase electronic speed monitoring signs for the Moore County campus,” Higginbotham continued. “The Moore County campus is the only campus with a county road through the middle of it. The road has a significant amount of traffic traveling on it each and every day, including commercial vehicles. Most of the daily traffic traveling Ledford Mill Road is due to people coming to Motlow. However, there are a lot of vehicles on this particular road each day that are simply passing through the area for various reasons.

“Having the electronic speed monitoring signs on the roadway will hopefully have a positive impact on all motorists and make the area safer for everyone. The speed monitoring signs have proven to increase driver awareness and effectively slow motorists down in congested traffic areas. These signs use cutting edge technology to collect data and provide instant feedback to vehicles traveling in the area. The data that is collected can then be used to pinpoint problems with traffic flow. The department will use this data to effectively apply strategies and resources to increase traffic safety,” concluded Higginbotham.

Data collected by these signs will also be used to help the Motlow State Public Safety Department apply for and hopefully receive additional grants in the future.

Every year, traffic safety advocates, non-profit organizations, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, District Attorneys’ offices, and other state agencies across Tennessee seek funding through grant applications offered by THSO. Applicants who meet the required data-driven criteria and highway safety standards are awarded grant funds to support THSO’s mission to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities. Grant funding provides essential highway safety training and equipment for law enforcement agencies, sophisticated crash data collection analysis technology, specialized DUI prosecutors, resources for emergency response personnel, and educational tools to help improve driver behavior.