Yesterday in Annapolis, as part of his statewide focus on eliminating roadway fatalities, Governor Larry Hogan announced over $12M in grants to over 90 state and local agencies, nearly 30 of which are county level entities.
“‘With traffic already back to pre-pandemic levels, it is even more important that we continue working to make our streets and roadways safer and more accessible,’ said Governor Hogan. ‘This critical funding will help us prevent crashes and fatalities all across the state, and ensure highway safety remains a top priority’” (press release).
The Maryland Department of Transportation and Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office is aiming to have the funds to the agencies by October 1; these funds are in addition to the $1M the administration announced in July for pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
According to the press release, the $12M allocation will be used 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.