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Allegany County secures $3K in highway safety grants

September 12th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Governor Larry Hogan today announced more than $13 million in federal and state highway safety grants as part of a statewide focus to prevent motor vehicle crashes and eliminate roadway fatalities. The state funds were disbursed at the start of the fiscal year, and the federal funds will be distributed October 1 by the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office. In all, more than 90 organizations, agencies, and programs will receive funds.

“Since the beginning of our administration, we have worked to prioritize safety on our highways through innovative projects and partnerships,” said Governor Hogan. “These grants will continue to help reduce crashes and fatalities all across the state and ensure highway safety remains a top priority.”

In 2021, there were 562 traffic deaths on Maryland roadways, including 131 pedestrians and six bicyclists. While that number is a decrease compared to 2020 when the state had 573 fatalities, including 138 pedestrians and 15 bicyclists, police reports continue to show speed, impairment, and inadequate or improper seat belt use as the most common contributing factors in motor vehicle fatalities.

The highway safety funds announced today will be used for initiatives to:

  • Increase the use of seat belts in all seats;
  • Prevent impaired, aggressive, and distracted driving;
  • Increase safety for pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists;
  • Promote the correct use of child passenger safety seats;
  • Support police training for highway safety and traffic enforcement;
  • Fund overtime enforcement of Maryland’s traffic laws; and
  • Increase the efficiency and capability of Maryland’s traffic data systems. 

“To eliminate crashes and fatalities in Maryland, we need to work together as partners at the local, state, and federal levels to maintain a safe and reliable highway system and reinforce good driving behaviors,” said MDOT Secretary James F. Ports. “These grants affirm the commitment of MDOT and the Hogan administration to invest in critical transportation projects and initiatives that benefit residents, visitors, and businesses across Maryland.”

In 2019, Maryland enacted the Vision Zero initiative that set a goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries on state roadways by 2030. This goal guides partners as they implement safety programs with grant funding. Vision Zero also serves as a blueprint in development and implementation of Maryland’s 2021-2025 Strategic Highway Safety Plan, a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to reduce fatalities and serious injuries across the state utilizing the “Four Es” of traffic safety—education, engineering, enforcement, and emergency medical services.

The state funds awarded this year can be used for traffic safety initiatives and are allocated based on crash data for each county or organization. Below is a breakdown of the highway safety grant amounts.


FFY23 Total Award

Aberdeen Police Department


Allegany County Sheriff’s Office


Anne Arundel County Police Department


Baltimore City Department of Transportation


Baltimore County Police Dept – Crash Recon


Baltimore Metropolitan Council


Baltimore City Police Department


Baltimore County Police Department


Bel Air Police Department


Berlin Police Department


BYKE Collective


Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse Inc.


Calvert County Sheriff’s Office


Carroll County Sheriff’s Office


Cecil County Health Department


Cecil County Sheriff's Office


Charles County Sheriff's Office


Chesapeake Region Safety Council


Chestertown Police Department


City of Bowie


City of Hyattsville Police Department


Crash Center for Research and Education (CORE)


Cumberland Police Department


Denton Police Department




Easton Police Department


Elkton Police Department


Frederick Police Department


Frostburg City Police Department


Fruitland Police Department


Gaithersburg Police Department


Hagerstown Police Department


Hampstead Police Department


Harford County Sheriff’s Office


Havre de Grace Police Department


Howard County Department of Police


Kent County Sheriff Office


La Plata Police Department


Laurel Police Department


Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)


Manchester Police Department


Maryland Department of Health


Maryland Chiefs of Police


Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission


Maryland Natural Resources Police


Maryland Sheriffs’ Association Inc.


Maryland Soybean Board


Maryland Transportation Authority Police


Maryland Highway Safety Office


Maryland Institute for EMS Systems (MIEMSS)


Maryland Municipal League Police Executive Association (MML PEA)


Montgomery County Police Department


Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office


Morgan State University


Maryland State's Attorneys’ Association


Maryland State Police – Drug Recognition Effort (DRE) Program


Maryland State Police – Mobile Unit


Maryland State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort (SPIDRE)


Maryland State Police – Statewide


Mount Airy Police Department


NeighborHood Design Center


Ocean City Police Department


Ocean Pines Police Department


Perryville Police Department


Prince George’s County – Department of Public Works and Transportation


Prince George’s County Police Department


Princess Anne Police Department


Queen Anne’s County Sheriff's Office


Riverdale Park Police Department


Rockville Police Department




Salisbury Police Department


Salisbury University Police Department


Seat Pleasant Police Department


Somerset County Sheriff


St. Mary’s County Health Department


St. Mary’s County Sheriff's Office


Sykesville Police Department


Takoma Park Police Department


Talbot County Sheriff’s Office


Taneytown Police Department


Tri Co Council Southern Maryland


University of Maryland Baltimore, NSC


University of Maryland Department of Public Safety


Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments


Washington County Sheriff’s Office


Washington College


Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office


Worcester County Health Department


Worcester County Sheriff’s Office


Wor-Wic Community College


Washington Regional Alcohol Program