Sheriff’s office awarded grant

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office has announced it has once again we have been awarded a traffic enforcement grant for fiscal year 2021. This will mark the 16th consecutive year the sheriff’s office has been awarded federal monies for traffic enforcement throughout the county.

The funds are administered by the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. The sheriff’s office was awarded a total of $69,748.72 to be expended solely on overtime for extra traffic enforcement and some fuel costs. A total of 1,100 man hours will be spent on extra traffic enforcement throughout the upcoming year.

“The goal of the extra traffic enforcement is to reduce the number of fatal and injury crashes on Miami County roadways,” Sheriff Dave Duchak said. “Deputies will be strictly enforcing all of Ohio’s traffic statutes with special emphasis on removing impaired drivers and seat belt enforcement while working the grant details.”

Most of the extra traffic enforcement details will be assigned during holidays when vehicular travel increases along with increased instances of drinking and driving, Duchak said. By having extra traffic patrols it will also enable deputies to be available to offer roadside assistance to motorists and deter crime by the increased presence of additional deputies on Miami County roadways, he added.

Deputies will be working a total of 40 overtime hours during the upcoming school homecoming events, according to Duchak, along with 32 hours for the upcoming Halloween holiday.