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County commissioners to consider highway safety grant application

The Norman Transcript By Tim Willert

Mar 13, 2023

A 19% increase in serious crashes coupled with an 18% increase in alcohol-related crashes has the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office looking to step up high-visibilty traffic enforcement.

Sheriff Chris Amason’s office is seeking $39,200 in grant funding to help his deputies reduce the number of serious bodily injury and fatality crashes occurring on the county’s 558 miles of interstates and highways.

Commissioners Rod Cleveland, Rusty Grissom and Darry Stacy will consider the grant application when they meet at 1 p.m. today in the county office building, 201 S. Jones Ave.

The Oklahoma Highway Safety Grant would fund 700 hours of overtime for deputies and pay for speed enforcement equipment.

Between 2020 and 2021, Cleveland County had a 7% increase in overall crashes, a 19% increase in serious crashes, and a 7% increase in minor crashes, crash data provided by the county shows.

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