County will receive funds to make roadways safer

Washington County will receive a $226,600 grant from the state to work toward zero deaths.

The county board accepted the grant from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety, on behalf of the sheriff’s office Oct. 13.

The Toward Zero Deaths grant dollars will be used to reimburse overtime costs associated with assisting the state public safety department in coordinated patrol saturations. The saturations will include DWI, distracted drivers, “move over,” and seat belt enforcement.

The overtime cost will cover work performed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the police departments of Stillwater, Bayport, Woodbury, Forest Lake, Oak Park Heights, Cottage Grove, and St. Paul Park.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will act as the fiscal agent for this grant, which has a term of Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016.

 

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