Be Seen, Be Safe: FCSO Earns Grant to Promote Road Safety
(November 17, 2015 - Atlanta, Georgia) Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson is pleased to announce the agency is a recipient of a grant to encourage young citizens to Be Seen and Be Safe on the roadways to prevent students from being involved in vehicular crashes. This grant award will be used to fund the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Public Safety: Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program. Deputies from the Community Outreach Section will teach the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration Children Pedestrian safety curriculum to elementary school children in Fulton County. Sheriff Jackson is grateful to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) which has been granted federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to promote the development and implementation of innovative programs to address highway safety problems relating to alcohol/impaired driving, speed, pedestrian & bicycle safety, motorcycle safety, occupant protection and traffic records.
The grant award for $17,900 will fund reflective safety vests, helmets, and other items to increase their visibility on the streets and protect them from harm. The Sheriff’s Office is also planning to coordinate the agency’s first bike rodeo in the spring.
This is the second grant award earned by the FCSO for this purpose from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The first was in 2013. The aim of this program is to teach children and encourage them to pass along the lessons to their peers and parents to increase awareness and prevent students from being injured in accidents.
According to researchers, children ages 0 - 19 die from motor vehicle crashes more than any other cause in the United States. Accidents kill one million children around the world each year and permanently disable many more. Almost all of the injuries are preventable. [Sources: CDC.gov and SafeKids.org]
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office is committed to keeping children and families safe. The agency’s Constitutional mandate requires that deputies provide support and educational services to the community as a method of preventing and reducing crime.