Washington - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced a major boost for New Jersey road safety, with new law enforcement and education tools coming to the area. The Senators announced the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded New Jersey more than $1,200,000 for highway safety initiatives in New Jersey, including enabling law enforcement programs that target drunk driving, child seat use, safety belt use, speed enforcement campaigns, prosecutor training and toxicology. The award will also be used for educational campaigns for teen drivers and motorcycle driver training.

Senator Menendez said, "Preventing tragedies on our roads is a priority. These resources will go towards proven programs that save lives. New Jersey law enforcement will be able to continue cracking down on drunk drivers, and help protect children and teens. That's a big win for Trenton."

"Too many drivers, passengers and pedestrians are killed or injured each year on our state's highways. This funding will help put the brakes on drunk driving in New Jersey and give police the tools they need to enforce laws that will keep our roads and families safe," stated Lautenberg, who authored the law to lower the legal blood alcohol limit to .08 in all 50 states.