By Sheriff Scott Henriod WPCSO
Each year I have the opportunity to apply for an Office of Traffic Safety Grant. This grant is awarded to Law Enforcement agencies throughout the state of Nevada. The grant provides agencies funding for deputies to work overtime shifts to target specific traffic problems within their communities.
This year the Sheriff’s Office was awarded $23,000. dollars to proceed forth with our efforts. The new grant cycle will start October 1, 2018. The target areas that the have been identified by the Office of Traffic Safety will include occupant protection, which is the use of seat belts, including child restraints, impaired driving, DUI., distracted driving, cell phone use while driving, and speed enforcement. White Pine County and the City of Ely will benefit from this grant by having more deputies out on patrol taking care of many of the everyday traffic problems that many of our citizens have concerns about.
The Sheriff’s Office has a great working relationship with the Office of Traffic Safety, which also provides free training for deputies in various classes that promote traffic safety. In October several deputies will be attending classes in Las Vegas which will consist of anatomy of motorcycle crashes, impaired driving training and traffic incident management training.