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State Gains $32M In Federal Funds For Highway Safety Projects

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that over $32 million in federal highway safety grants have been awarded to 541 highway safety programs throughout New York state to improve overall highway safety and reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries due to crashes.

"Making New York's roads safer for motorists, passengers and pedestrians is a top priority of this administration," Cuomo said. "These grants will go a long way toward meeting that goal by supporting education programs and enforcement efforts that make this state's roadways safer for all."

The funding, which was awarded to the state by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is being administered in the form of grants by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to state, local, and not-for-profit agencies to support three specific types of driver safety initiatives:

  • Police Traffic Service: Initiatives by law enforcement agencies to target dangerous driver behaviors. This includes participation in the national Click It or Ticket seat belt mobilization and other enforcement initiatives aimed at preventing speeding, intoxicated driving, and aggressive driving.
  • Child Passenger Safety: Child passenger safety education, car seat checks, the distribution of seats, and setting up child seat fitting stations.
  • Highway Safety Grants: State, local and not-for-profit programs that cover additional traffic safety undertakings that include education initiatives, traffic records improvements, trainings, crash reconstruction and railroad crossing safety.

U.S. Rep. Nita M. Lowey, (D-Westchester-Rockland), said, "Through enhanced enforcement, training and education, we can save lives on our roads. I’m pleased these federal grants will go toward improving safety on New York highways. As ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting for investments that help keep Westchester and Rockland families safe and secure."

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, (D-Westchester-Putnam-Dutchess), said, "This new investment in highway safety will keep our neighbors and visitors safe as they travel through the Hudson Valley, all while growing the local economy and creating jobs. Safety should always be our first priority, and this investment shows that our state is committed to just that."

A complete listing of all of the 2016 grant projects is available here .

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