HCSO Releases 2017-2018 RIID Grant Results from Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO)
Hamilton County, TN – Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was awarded an Alcohol Enforcement Grant which ran from October 1, 2017 thru September 30, 2018 from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for approximately $85,000.00.
The RIID Grant, (Remove Impaired-Intoxicated Drivers), allows the HCSO the opportunity to use additional federal funds to support traffic enforcement operations for the sole purpose of removing impaired and/or intoxicated drivers from our roads in order to protect our community from senseless and fatal crashes that may occur as a result of alcohol and/or drug impairment.
HCSO School Resource Officers also contributed to the success of the RIID Grant by educating our youth. During the 2017 -2018 RIID Grant period a total of (1,425) presentations were made by SRO’s on topics such as drunk driving, driving impaired, drugs and consequences, texting, and the negative effects of drugs and alcohol. In total, (38,600) students participated in those presentations. In March, a simulated crash was conducted at Soddy Daisy High School in cooperation of the Hamilton County Health Department to further illustrate to students the dangers of driving while impaired or intoxicated.
A total of two hundred one (201) arrests were made during the 2017 - 2018 grant period for offenses of DUI, Driving on Revoked or Suspended Driver’s License, Misdemeanor and Felony Drug Possession alone.
Additional arrest and issuance of traffic violation citations also occurred.
During the 2017-2018 grant period Hamilton County Sheriff's Office investigated a total of seven (7) fatal crashes in the unincorporated areas with one (1) being alcohol related. Thanks to the additional RIID Grant funding, deputies are removing more impaired and intoxicated drivers from the roads and it is apparent lives are being saved.
The RIID Grant has allowed citizens, deputies, and traffic personnel to see improvements due to the higher visibility of more law enforcement personnel and increased enforcement measures. RIID Grants allow HCSO to have additional manpower to saturate all of Hamilton County to include all municipalities and the citizens in Hamilton County have been able to see an increased presence of law enforcement personnel.
About the Tennessee Highway Safety Office:
The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) is Tennessee's advocate for traffic safety. THSO works in tandem with the National Highway Safety Administration to implement statewide programs addressing occupant protection, impaired driving, speed enforcement, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and crash data collection and analysis. Programs administered by THSO are 100 percent federally funded. THSO’s mission is to effectively develop, implement and evaluate these programs. To learn more about the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.