MOUNT VERNON — Meeting with the Knox County Board of Commissioners, Thursday morning, Sheriff Dave Shaffer said the county has been awarded a $32,874 traffic safety grant from the federal government.
The grant money is earmarked to pay for overtime for extra officers to work mainly on traffic-related issues. The goal, Shaffer said, is to reduce serious and fatal vehicle crashes in the county. The officers might also be used to increase drug interdiction efforts, Shaffer added.
While the entire county is covered by the grant, Shaffer said the concentration will probably be in areas such as Ohio 36 west and east of Mount Vernon, in school zones and, of course, during high volume traffic occasions such as Halloween and Thanksgiving.
There are no quotas connected with the grant money. “They [the officers] can write as many tickets as they like,” said Shaffer.
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