Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce Over $2 Million in Federal Funding for NJ Highway Safety Programs

Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce Over $2 Million in Federal Funding for NJ Highway Safety Programs

Washington, DC -U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded $4,407,856 to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. These federal funds will be directed 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 Senator Menendez. "These essential federal funds will strengthen the transportation system throughout our State, avoiding preventable and senseless roadway incidents and safeguarding drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists alike."

"The health and safety of our residents and everyone who commutes throughout our state is a top priority, and it is absolutely imperative that we invest in strategies and initiatives to enhance the safety of New Jersey's roadways," said Senator Booker. "The funding announced today will ensure that we can support proven programs that help keep people safe."

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.

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

  • $ 2,353,639.80 for Impaired Driving Countermeasures
  • $ 925,429.17 in State Traffic Safety Information Systems grants.
  • $ 737,198.39 in Occupant Protection Program grants.
  • $ 317,339.76 in Occupant Protection grants.
  • $ 74,249.72 in Motorcyclist Safety Program grants.

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