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More Than $12.5M In Federal Traffic Safety Funds Announced

September 19th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday announced the distribution more than $12.5 million in federal highway safety funds to 80 law enforcement agencies and other offices and organizations to improve traffic safety in Maryland.

"The safety and security of Marylanders is our top priority and this vital funding will help strengthen our efforts to reduce traffic fatalities and save lives," Hogan said in a statement. "Dangerous, impaired, and distracted driving puts everyone at risk, and we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure safety on our roads."

The grants will fund efforts to prevent impaired, aggressive and distracted driving; increase seat belt use; improve motorcyclist, bicyclist and pedestrian safety efforts; install chief passenger safety fitting stations; pursue traffic safety law enforcement; and upgrade state traffic data systems, according to a release.

Maryland State Police will see nearly $3.2 million of the funds, while nearly $3.9 million will go to statewide safety initiatives. $600,000 will fund a crash outcome data evaluation system to be developed by the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Lesser amounts will go to county and city police departments across the state, as well as health departments, judiciaries and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

“Our mission is to do everything in our power to eliminate traffic crashes,” Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn said in the release. “Zero crashes, zero injuries and zero fatalities is our ultimate goal.”

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