State Awards More Than $13 Million in Highway Safety Grants

Governor Larry Hogan 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. The he Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office will distribute the federal funds on October 1. Several counties are part of more than 90 organizations, agencies, and programs to 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 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 decreased 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.

According to a press release:

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.

Click here for a full breakdown of the highway safety grant awardees and amounts.

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