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Federal funding available to improve traffic safety

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee is making nearly $30 million available to improve traffic safety in New York. The highway safety grant program will provide funds to local, state and not-for-profit agencies for projects that improve traffic safety and reduce deaths and serious injuries due to crashes.

The grants support enforcement initiatives, public education and information, research, traffic records, child passenger safety and community awareness projects.

“New York continues to lead the nation in highway safety initiatives, protecting motorists, passengers and pedestrians through strategic and innovative programs,” said Mark Schroeder, state Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner and GTSC chairman. “This funding will continue to advance our efforts by supporting unique and effective education and enforcement initiatives designed to save lives and keep New York’s roadways as safe as possible.”

The funding is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by the GTSC. Last year, $32.6 million was awarded to 550 projects that focused on three types of drive safety initiatives including $28.3 million for highway safety grants, $2.4 million for police traffic services and $1.9 million for child passenger safety.

The Finger Lakes region was awarded more than $636,000 in grant funding through the program last year. In 2018, the total number of crash fatalities statewide last year was the lowest on record.

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