Hogan Administration Announces $11.7 Million in
Highway Safety Grants
State Pursuing Aggressive Plan to Reduce Roadway Fatalities and Injuries
GLEN BURNIE, MD (September 25, 2017) – As part of the Hogan administration’s efforts to prevent traffic crashes and save lives on Maryland roads, Governor Larry Hogan today announced $11.7 million in federal highway safety funds will be granted to approximately 90 agencies and organizations across the state with the goal of reducing crashes and related injuries and deaths.
“The safety and security of Marylanders and visitors is our top priority, and our administration will continue to make investments to make our roadways safer,” said Governor Hogan. “These grants will be used to improve traffic safety and get dangerous, impaired, and distracted drivers off the road.”
Each year, approximately 500 people are killed in traffic crashes in Maryland. In 2016, 522 family members and friends never made it home after getting into their vehicles. The funds granted by the Hogan Administration and distributed through the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office will help fund several traffic-safety efforts.
Maryland’s five-year Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) guides the funding of traffic safety-related projects and will be used by state and local agencies and non-profit groups to address the strategies set forth in the plan for meeting the Toward Zero Deaths goal of cutting the number of deaths on Maryland roads in half by 2030. The state also is working with various Maryland jurisdictions to develop local SHSPs that address community-specific traffic issues and complement the broader plan.
“The only acceptable goal is to reduce the number of traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities to zero,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.
The federal grant awards can only be used for traffic safety activities and are allocated based on crash data for each county and/or organization that applied for funding. Funds can only be spent during Federal Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018).
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Source: Motor Vehicle Administration