POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Sheriff’s Department has received some significant grants to combat speeding and aggressive driving.
The grants are from the Governors Highway Safety Program and are for a total of $18,000, with disbursement starting this month.
The grant awards were recently announced by Sheriff Greg Powers at a meeting of the Mason County Commission. These grant funds help pay for overtime deputies work to enforce these two specific issues/violations.
When it comes to speed enforcement, the sheriff’s department will be receiving $1,000 per month starting this month through September 2016. When it comes to aggressive driving enforcement, the department will receive $500 a month starting this month through September 2016.
In a letter sent to Powers and Chief Deputy David Downing, Beau Evans, director of the safety program for region two, said the Mason County Sheriff’s Department was selected to receive the money due to “your past performance and exceptional work for highway safety.”
In the past, the sheriff’s department has received grant money from the Governors Highway Safety Program to enforce both impaired driving and distracted driving (texting, etc.).
As Powers pointed out to the commissioners, these grants give deputies an opportunity to spend additional time enforcing these important violations without putting any additional, financial strain on the department.
In addition, Powers announced the department would be given a used Spyder bike, also from the Governors Highway Safety Program. This decorative motorcycle would be used in parades and at events like the youth expo, the fair, DARE programs, etc. Spyder bikes are motorcycles with three wheels. The Governors Highway Safety Program will also be paying for classes so deputies can receive a safety endorsement to operate the bike.
Powers said the only cost the department would have in the bike is if it wanted to repaint it in the department’s color scheme with its logo.
As previously reported, the department has also implemented a reserve deputy force with three reserve deputies who are all volunteers to help give extra support at no cost to the department.
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