WEST VIRGINIA (WVVA) The Mercer County Commissioners have approved a grant to continue the West Virginia Coalfields Highway Safety Program.
The grant funds are supplemented to the Mercer County Commissioners by the West Virginia Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles, whom ultimately receive a grant from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through federal tax money from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
‘It’s tax payer funded money that goes to education and enforcement activities related to traffic safety,” said Sergeant Adam Ballard with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department and coordinator of the safety program. “[Those activities] focus on reduction of crashes, injuries and reduction of fatalities.”
The West Virginia Coalfields Highway Safety Program, Region 8, represents seven counties, including McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Summers, Pocahontas and Wyoming.
The Coalfields Program is part of the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program, an initiative to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities in the state.
“You should see continued enforcement of the traffic laws,” said Ballard.
This is the third year the commissioners have approved the highway safety program grant for the county.