Van Wert County receives traffic safety grant funding

VAN WERT — The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded more than $38,000 in federal traffic safety funding through the Ohio Traffic Safety Office.

Sheriff Thomas Riggenbach said the grant funds will be used to provide additional personnel and time to focus on making the roadways safer in Van Wert County. The receipt of $38,117.70 for fiscal year 2023 marks the second time the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office has received National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds for traffic enforcement efforts.

“To help save lives and make our roadways safer, the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office will use the grant funds to focus on traffic-related fatal crashes, alcohol-related crashes, and distracted driving/inattention on the major highways and local roadways in Van Wert County,” Riggenbach said.