Menendez, Booker Announce Nearly $900K in Federal Funding for NJ Highway Safety

Menendez, Booker Announce Nearly $900K in Federal Funding for NJ Highway Safety


NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded $866,986.98 to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety for programs to enhance traffic safety throughout New Jersey.

"As one of the most heavily traveled states in the nation, nothing is more important than keeping New Jersey's roads safe," said Sen. Menendez. “Our entire state economy depends on a safe and reliable transportation network—whether it’s our residents, who traverse these routes each day as they commute to work to support their families, tourists visiting our parks and beaches, or truckers delivering goods far and wide from Ports Newark and Elizabeth. I will continue fighting to preserve the safety and improve the efficiency of all of our state’s highways.”

“As we approach the 4th of July weekend, we are reminded of the imperative need for safety on our roadways,” said Sen. Booker. “The federal funds announced today will go a long way to making sure that New Jersey residents and visitors are safe and that our economy keeps moving forward.”

The funding was awarded through the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety received:

• $151,621.56 in State Traffic Safety Information Systems Grants

• $174,187.43 in Occupant Protection Grants

• $17,142.64 in Motorcyclist Safety Grants

• $544,035.35 for Impaired Driving Countermeasures

These grants can be used to implement systems to: promote, track, and enforce seatbelt and child seat safety programs; ignition interlock and impaired driving prevention programs; motorcyclist safety programs; and efforts to improve New Jersey's traffic safety information systems. The funding will be distributed to programs designed to reduce highway deaths and injuries from drunk driving, unsafe operation of a motorcycle, and riding unrestrained or improperly restrained in motor vehicles.

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